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Human Services Major

13,121 yearly degrees
#77 in popularity
$46,000 median salary

Human services is a major that typically falls into the Public & Social Service category.

There are 255 programs available throughout the country that offer an associate’s degree in human services, 203 that offer a bachelor’s degree, and 75 that offer a master’s degree. There are also at least 4 schools in the nation where you can get your doctorate degree in the field.

Who Is Getting a Human Services Degree?

In 2017, roughly 6,900 human services majors graduated with a bachelor’s degree. This makes it #63 in popularity of all the majors we track. The major attracts more women than men. About 86.2% of the recent graduates in this field are female.

Racial Distribution

At the countrywide level, the racial distribution of human services majors is as follows:

  • Asian: 2.2%
  • Black or African American: 21.9%
  • Hispanic or Latino: 18.4%
  • White: 45%
  • Non-Resident Alien: 1.3%
  • Other Races: 11.2%
Human Services Majors Ethnic Diversity Statistics

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in human services. About 1.3% of those graduating in 2017 were international students. The most popular countries sending human services majors to the U.S. are Nigeria, China and South Korea.

What Will You Learn as a Human Services Major?

An O*NET survey asked people with careers related to human services to rate how important certain subject areas were to their job. The following are some of the results of that survey. Importance was rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.

Knowledge Areas for Human Services Majors

Human services majors often go into careers in which the following knowledge areas are important:

Important Knowledge Areas for Human Services Majors

Skills for Human Services Majors

Human services majors are found most commonly in careers in which the following skills are important:

Important Skills for Human Services Majors

Abilities for Human Services Majors

Some of the most crucial abilities to master while a human services student include the following:

Important Abilities for human services Majors

What Can You Do With a Human Services Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with human services:

Careers Related to Human Services
Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary

Social and Human Service Assistants



Social and Community Service Managers



Community and Social Service Specialists



Human Services Major Salary

Average salaries range from $36,000 to $72,000 for careers related to human services. This range includes all degree levels, so the salary for a person with just a bachelor’s degree may be a little less and the one for a person with an advanced degree may be a little more.

To put that into context, the typical high school graduate makes between $29,000 and $57,000 a year. The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $44,000 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,000 and $120,000.

Average Salary for a Human Services Major  ( 36000 to 72000 )
Average Salary for High School Graduate  ( 29000 to 57000 )
Average Salary with Bachelor's Degree  ( 44000 to 99000 )
Average Salary with Advanced Degree  ( 55000 to 120000 )

The area of the country you choose to work in will also affect your career and salary prospects. Getting a graduate degree may open up more options with higher salary potential.

Amount of Education Required for Human Services Major Jobs

Some careers associated with human services require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. Whatever the case may be, pursuing more education usually means that more career options will be available to you.

How much education do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to human services have obtained the following education levels.

Education Levels for Careers Associated With Human Services
Level of Education Percentage of Workers

Less Than a High School Diploma


High School Diploma or Equivalent


Post-Secondary Certificate


Some College Courses


Associate's Degree or Equivalent


Bachelor's Degree


Post-Baccalaureate Certificate


Master's Degree


Post-Master's Certificate


First Professional Degree


Doctoral Degree


Post-Doctoral Training


Online Human Services Programs

There are 203 colleges that offer a bachelor’s degree in human services, with 77 of them offering at least some courses online.

Online learners must listen or watch video lectures, participate in group chats or forums, submit papers and assignments electronically, take tests, and meet deadlines.

Getting your degree online is not easy and includes watching and listening to hours of lectures, participating in group charts, submitting papers by the appropriate deadline and taking tests. Some online programs will also feature internships or in-person clinical hours.

Is a Human Services Major Worth It?

The median salary for a human services grad is $46,000 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 18% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $143,000 after 20 years!

human services salary compared to typical high school and college graduates over a 20 year period


Bureau of Labor Statistics
National Center for Education Statistics
O*NET Online
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