Human Services

This career cluster prepares for careers that improve quality of life and promote safe, healthy communities. It includes careers to educate and assist individuals/families with needed counseling and mental health services, family and community services, personal care, consumer services and financial planning services, housing and nutrition planning.

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Core skills that are necessary for success in these occupations:

  • Social Perceptiveness – Understanding people’s reactions
  • Service Orientation – Looking for ways to help people
  • Persuasion – Talking people into changing their minds or their behavior
  • Negotiation – Bringing people together to solve differences
  • Learning Strategies – Using the best training or teaching strategies for learning new things
  • Active Listening – Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • Speaking – Talking to others
  • Coordination – Changing what is done based on other people’s actions
  • Management of Personnel Resources – Selecting and managing the best workers for a job
  • Instructing – Teaching people how to do something


Career Pathway

Personal Care Services

Family and Community Services Pathway

Family & Community Services

Counseling and Mental Health Services Pathway

Consumer Services

Teaching/Training Pathway

Personal Care Services Pathway

Counseling & Mental Health Services

Banking Services

Lodging Pathway

Therapeutic Services Pathway

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