This degree prepares you to assist people with social, behavioral or mental health problems, and students in the program aspire to be counselors, advocates, program supervisors and agency executives in the wide variety of Human Service fields. In these positions, you will work with the elderly, the developmentally disabled or those working to overcome drug and alcohol addiction, among other settings.

Graduates are prepared to transfer to four-year colleges to major in social work, psychology, sociology, public policy or creative arts therapy. They also are sought after by community agencies for positions that range from direct care to those with management responsibilities.

This program is offered by the Human Services and Chemical Dependency Counseling Department.

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Career and Transfer Opportunities

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Recent employers include: Vanderheyden Hall, Wildwood School, St. Anne’s Institute, Rensselaer County DSS.

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There are several transfer agreements for this program, including one with Cazenovia College that allows students to pursue a bachelor's degree in Human Services on our campus after graduation.
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Salaries vary based on position and degree attainment. Here are median salaries taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (as of 2017): Social and Human Service Assistants, $36,310; Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors, $45,130.

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“I'm going to celebrate this graduation, because I put a lot of work into this. You need to celebrate the triumphs in your life.”

Get in Touch

Department or program information:

Maryanne Pepe
HUMAN SERVICES AND CHEMICAL DEPENDENCY COUNSELING DEPARTMENT CHAIRPERSON
Brahan Hall, Room 008

Program admission information:

Guenther Enrollment Services Center, Room 223
Regular Hours: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Summer Hours: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.