This degree program prepares you to move directly into the human service field to assist people with social, behavioral or mental health problems.

The program is designed for those who wish to work in the human services field directly after completing their degree, including those who may already possess a college degree in a different field of study.

The college also offers a Human Service A.S. program for those who may wish to transfer on to a four-year college or university program to continue their education.

This program is offered by the Human Services and Chemical Dependency Counseling Department.

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Career Opportunities

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Recent employers include: Vanderheyden Hall, Wildwood School, St. Anne's Institute, Rensselaer County DSS.
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Graduates work as case managers, advocates, direct care workers and support aides in the wide variety of human service fields, including youth services, social services, geriatrics, addiction and mental health services.
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Salaries vary based on position and degree attainment. Here are median salaries taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (as of 2017): Social and Human Service Assistants, $36,310; Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors, $45,130.
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“Going back to school is no joke. It takes work and discipline, but it's so fulfilling.”

Get in Touch

Department or program information:

Maryanne Pepe
Brahan Hall, Room 008

Program admission information:

Guenther Enrollment Services Center, Room 223
Regular Hours: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Summer Hours: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.