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How will your human services education stack up?

If you want to study human services at home, you should be aware of how your education will compare to the education available elsewhere in the US. Below is some information to help you get started. The US has 1,054 brick and mortar human services schools.

Top Schools

The following schools that have human services programs were ranked top in the nation in 2010:

  1. Columbia University in the City of New York - located in New York, New York
  2. University of Pennsylvania - located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  3. University of California-Berkeley - located in Berkeley, California

Student Demographics

In the US, 45,227 students graduated from human services programs in 2010. Of these students, 1,276 graduated from certificate programs in human services, 22,610 graduated from undergraduate programs in human services, and 21,341 graduated from graduate-level programs in human services.


Students can pursue education in human services at the following levels:

  • Associate's Degree in Human Services
  • Bachelor's Degree in Human Services
  • Master's Degree in Human Services
  • Doctoral Degree in Human Services
  • Certificate in Human Services

During the course of their human services education, students can hope to gain the following skills and/or knowledge:

  • Organization Behavior
  • Management
  • Active Listening
  • Ethical/Legal Issues
  • Intervention Methods


Students at human services schools around the nation paid an average of $22,434 in tuition fees per year in 2010. The human services schools charging the highest tuition were:

  1. Columbia University in the City of New York - located in New York, New York, students paid $41,316
  2. George Washington University - located in Washington, Washington DC, students paid $41,655
  3. Tulane University of Louisiana - located in New Orleans, Louisiana, students paid $40,584

The human services schools charging the lowest tuition were:

  1. University of Central Florida - located in Orlando, Florida, students paid $4,526
  2. University of South Florida-Main Campus - located in Tampa, Florida, students paid $4,577
  3. Appalachian State University - located in Boone, North Carolina, students paid $4,491

How will your human services job compare?

Human services program specialist are the professions of choice for a majority of human services graduates in the US. The states with the largest populations of human services professionals are:

  1. New York - 43,560 Human Services Professionals
  2. California - 41,880 Human Services Professionals
  3. Pennsylvania - 26,160 Human Services Professionals

Projected Growth

The number of human services professionals is expected to grow the fastest in the following states:

  1. Utah - 33%
  2. Alabama - 31%
  3. Georgia - 31%


In the US, human services professionals earn on average $31,178 per year. However, the salary for human services professionals can vary greatly based not only on the exact human services profession you pursue but also on factors such as shift differentials, your boss, and your previous performance reviews. Salaries for human services professionals range from less than $15,240 per year to more than $121,130 per year. The following states have the highest average salaries for human services professionals:

  1. Alaska - $41,380 per year
  2. Connecticut - $39,770 per year
  3. Rhode Island - $37,675 per year

On average, human services professionals earn the least in the following states:

  1. West Virginia - $25,345 per year
  2. Kansas - $26,190 per year
  3. Tennessee - $26,225 per year

On average the lowest paid human services professionals were:

  1. Human Services Program Specialist - $30,100 per year

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Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (Past 5 Yrs)
Social and Human Service Assistants 357,500 $30,100 14.1%
Rehabilitation Counselors 111,490 $35,850 -4.9%