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Human Services Career Cluster

Preparing individuals for employment in career pathways that relate to families and human needs.

Career Pathways with this Cluster:

  • Early Childhood Development and Services - People with careers in early childhood development and services nurture and teach children. They provide services in childcare centers, nursery schools, preschools, public schools, private households, family childcare homes, and before- and afterschool programs.

  • Counseling and Mental Health Services - People working in counseling and mental health services assist people with personal, family, educational, mental health, and career decisions and problems. Mental health care may be provided in hospitals, clinics, schools or private settings.

  • Family and Community Services - Employees with careers in family and community services help the homeless, housebound, and infirm cope with circumstances of daily living; counsel troubled and emotionally disturbed individuals; train or retrain the unemployed or underemployed; care for the elderly and the physically and mentally disabled; help the needy obtain financial assistance; and solicit contributions for various social services organizations.

  • Personal Care Services - People with careers in personal care services assist individuals with their personal appearance, including shampooing, cutting, coloring and styling hair; giving manicures, pedicures, and scalp and facial treatments; providing makeup analysis; cleaning and styling wigs and hairpieces; and providing personal fitness training. Also, within personal care services, funeral directors and attendants make funeral arrangements for grieving families.

  • Consumer Services - People with careers in consumer services assist individuals with decisions and problems relating to finance, real estate, insurance and consumer goods.



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