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Human Services Schools

As a professor or instructor of human services classes at one of the 1,052 accredited human services schools in the country, you play a central role in shaping the future of this growing field. The graphs, statistics and analysis below outline the current state and the future direction of academia in human services, which encompasses human services training at the following levels:

  • Human Services Certificate
  • Associates degree in Human Services
  • Bachelors degree in Human Services
  • Masters degree in Human Services
  • PhD degree in Human Services


Professional Trends

National Employment growth for Human services professionals

732,840 744,010 776,550 790,640 913,960
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Dark Yellow: Actual Values

In 2010, 913,960 human services professionals were working in the US. Between 2006 and 2010, the number of human services professionals has grown by 25%.

This growth is faster than the growth for all careers between the years 2006 and 2010, which was 1%.

National Salary percentiles for Human services professionals

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The median yearly salary earned by human services professionals, in 2010, was $39,330. This is 39% less than the national median salary for all professions, which was $68,155 per year.

National Median Salary Growth For Human Services

$35,362 $36,674 $37,458 $38,614 $39,330
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Light Blue: Salaries

Human services professionals' salaries have grown by 11% between the years 2006 and 2010.

Educational Trends

National Human Services Student enrollment growth by degree

3,060 2,929 2,913 2,907 3,126
15,500 16,444 16,739 18,170 19,453
350 320 386 371 389
17,923 18,131 19,613 20,278 20,952
1,036 1,102 1,191 1,218 1,276
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Yellow: Associate's Degree in Human Services
  • Blue: Bachelor's Degree in Human Services
  • Red: Doctorates Degree in Human Services
  • Light blue: Master's Degree in Human Services
  • Grey: Certificate in Human Services

The career outlook for human services professionals is showing a rapid change. However, on the educational front, the story is quite different. In the year 2006 there were 37,869 students who graduated from human services degree programs across the country, while in the year 2010, there were 45,196 students graduating from human services schools.

Thus, in 4 years, there was a 19% growth in the number of human services graduates. The growth nationally for students graduating from institutions of higher learning in general has been 12% from 2006 to 2010. Thus, the growth in the number of students graduating from human services courses is greater than the change in the number of students graduating in all disciplines in the US.

Human Services Programs offered Nationwide


While student graduation numbers are up, the number of schools offering human services programs has also increased. In the year 2006, there were 933 human services schools in the US. And in the year 2010, there were 1052 schools.

Human Services Faculty Salaries

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