UCO Bachelor’s Degrees in Human Services

Make a Meaningful Difference with a Career in Human Services

Are you looking for a career with meaning, action, diversity, and a variety of options? If so, then human services might just be the perfect profession for you.

Designed to contribute to the welfare and happiness of communities by delivering a broad range of support to individuals and families, this rewarding and challenging field gives you the chance to go home every night knowing you’ve made a difference. From working in clinics to community centers to private businesses, a job in human services will allow you to devote your time to supporting society, no matter your individual specialty. And at UC Online, we’re dedicated to helping you make the difference that drives you — which is why we offer convenient online bachelor’s programs in substance abuse counseling, social work, and public health.

Substance Abuse Counseling

Substance abuse disorder counselors, also known as addiction counselors, help people with behavioral disorders work through the complexities and causes of their addiction. As one of the top 10 online accredited counseling programs in the nation, our fully online Bachelor of Science in Substance Abuse Counseling will prepare you to treat America’s most harmful disorders and positively impact the individuals, families, and communities affected by them. By embracing your compassion, you’ll learn to provide life skills training in stress management, relapse prevention, and relationship building in order to guide people down the road to recovery.

Social Work

Social workers are driven by altruism — creating space for others to heal, for social justice to take place, and for families to come together. Accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, our Bachelor of Social Work’s online curriculum includes a combination of classroom-style learning and hands-on fieldwork, providing courses in social welfare, human behavior, substance abuse counseling, and mental health awareness. With high job satisfaction and great career stability, many social work positions appear on the U.S. News & World Report’s 100 best jobs list, and can be found anywhere from mental health clinics to child welfare agencies to private practices.

Public Health

Public health professionals work daily to keep people healthy and safe — locally and around the world — by preventing disease and injury. Ranked in the top 15 best online bachelor’s in public health programs, our fully online Bachelor of Science in Public Health will teach you about the public health care system in the U.S. and abroad, as well as emerging public health concerns such as pandemic infectious disease, and new threats to the environment. From the comfort of your home, you’ll learn to help prevent disease, prolong life, and promote the health of people and communities through organized efforts to educate, develop policy, conduct scientific research, and regulate health systems.

What Careers Fall Under Human Services?

According to the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics, social and human service careers are expected to grow 17% from 2020 to 2030, opening the door to a wide range of career options for those with the proper education and training. While many of these options are financially rewarding, all are emotionally rewarding by giving you the power to help those who need it most.

This professional path can take you to a variety of settings that include schools, government offices, clinics, community centers, and even businesses. Below are examples of human services jobs with average annual salaries*.

  • Caseworker: $35,960
  • Family court advocate: $35,189
  • Rehabilitation counselor: $37,530
  • Substance abuse counselor: $47,660
  • Community outreach worker: $48,140
  • Social worker: $51,760
  • Social and community service management: $69,620
  • Health services manager: $104,280

Numerous positions in the health and human services field may require certification or licensure, which may vary from state to state. To determine any certification or licensure requirements, individual state credentialing boards should be contacted.

Why should I choose UCO?

At UC Online, we’ve dedicated ourselves to investing in your success — which is why our world-class faculty and staff will walk with you every step of the way, providing the same guidance, resources, and services as any of our residential students. With their support, you won’t just accelerate your career trajectory — you’ll also gain access to our vast global alumni network; achieve a deep understanding of your field; and be inspired by a calling to serve a meaningful purpose. Ultimately, you’ll join a legacy of UC graduates who are making a difference in the world.

Take the First Step in a Rewarding Career

An education in human services can lead to countless job prospects with rewarding experiences. But no matter how distinct each position may be, one thing remains the same throughout them all: their goal is to serve others. So, are you interested in a career in human services but aren’t sure where to begin? We know that earning a degree, even online, is challenging and isn’t something you should do alone — especially when you’re trying to maintain a job, family responsibilities, and personal interests. Reach out to us today and we’ll come up with a plan that’s flexible and focused on you — and we’ll do it together.

Ready to learn more? Explore our online programs to discover how you can better your community — and your world — with a degree from the University of Cincinnati Online; or take the first step in advancing your career by beginning your application today.

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