The Human Services cluster is about preparing individuals for employment in career pathways that relate to families and human needs such as counseling, personal care, and consumer services. Employment within this cluster is expected to be favorable within the next decade especially for hairstylists, cosmetologists, child and family social workers, and marriage and family therapists. Jobs will be easier to find within urban as opposed to rural environments. With the proper training and skill level, people are predicted to have little difficulty finding employment.
Employment Projections: 2010-2020
The Human Services career cluster is projected to experience fast growth between 2010 and 2020. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, occupations in this cluster employed around 6.5 million workers in 2010 and will employ over 8 million by 2020. Human Services is expected to add jobs faster than the national average, growing by 26 percent between 2010 and 2020.
The report Employment Projections for Human Services, 2010-2020 includes data on occupations growing faster that the nation average, pathways employment overview, occupations with the most job openings, and employment projections.
What They Make…
Occupations in this cluster and what they make in Virginia
|Occupation||Employed in VA||Typical salary1||Typical entry-level Education|
|Child and family social workers||7,700||$27K–$71K||Bachelor’s degree|
|Clinical, counseling and school psychologists||2,440||$38K–$109K||Doctoral or professional degree|
|Dietitians and nutritionists||1,100||$35K–$78K||Bachelor’s degree|
|Funeral attendants||1,430||$17K–$35K||High school diploma|
|Funeral directors||520||$27K–$81K||Associate’s degree|
|Hairstylists, cosmetologists||12,670||$17K–$42K||Postsecondary non-degree award|
|Marriage and family therapists||1,710||$26K–$75K||Master’s degree|
|Rehabilitation counselors||3,490||$21K–$59K||Master’s degree|
|Residential advisers||2,290||$17K–$39K||Some college|
|Skin care specialists||870||$17K–$52K||Postsecondary
|Social, community service managers||2,430||$36K–$99K||Bachelor’s degree|
|Social, human service assistants||6,130||$19K–$46K||High school diploma|