Human service specialists provide a variety of social services with an aim to improve the quality of life of those they serve. They can work for many organizations and under the direction of others and directly with the population being served. They work with social workers, psychologists, and other professionals.
Key duties and responsibilities that human service specialists fulfill in this capacity include interviewing clients to determine their eligibility for various social programs. They also help develop programs based on agency funding. Moreover, they gather more information on clients based on investigation of public records. Lastly, they advise or offer mental health counselling or assessment to determine eligibility on medical attention or medication. A high school diploma is the minimum education requirement for this profession; however, many have completed an associate's degree in human services or a specialty area such as gerontology or addiction studies. Essential skills required include patience, compassion, analytical, and planning.
The average hourly salary is $22.35, which amounts to $46,485 annually. In addition, the career is expected to grow in the near future which will result in more opportunities in this profession across the United States.