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Human Services

The Human Services Career Cluster prepares you for jobs that relate to families and human needs. Whether you want to be a social worker, a childcare provider or a hairdresser, you will be addressing human needs.

This career cluster is organized into seven career pathways:

  • Consumer services
  • Counseling and mental health services
  • Early childhood development and services
  • Family and community services
  • Personal care services

Note: The other two pathways are Culinary Arts, and Arts, A/V Technology and Communications. We have chosen to include information about these pathways and anything related to food service, including becoming a chef or baker, on the Hospitality and Tourism Career Cluster page.


Students in human services learn and practice skills that prepare them for diverse post-high school education and training opportunities, from apprenticeships and two-year college programs to four-year college and graduate programs.

CTE classes in this cluster will introduce you to a variety of interesting careers including:

  • Child care worker
  • Child, family or school social worker
  • Director of childcare facility
  • Preschool teacher
  • Parent educator
  • School counselor
  • Sociologist
  • Social services worker
  • Personal or home care aide
  • Leisure activities counselor
  • Recreation worker
  • Consumer credit counselor
  • Personal financial advisor
  • Consumer goods or services retailing representative or buyer
  • Cosmetologist, hairdresser or hairstylist

Note: Each school and school district has different CTE options. Not every district has classes in every cluster, nor does every district offer CTE dual credit and Advanced Placement options.

Career and Technical Student Organizations

Career and technical student organizations are much more than clubs. They provide opportunities for hands-on learning, and for applying career, leadership and personal skills in real-world environments. Participants build their skills by developing projects, attending events, and competing regionally and nationally.

The student organization for human services is Washington Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA).

Education After High School

It is fact that young people who have at least one year of post-high school education earn thousands of dollars more a year. So, if you spend even one year at a two- or four-year college, in a certificate program at a technical school, or in an apprenticeship after you graduate from high school, you will very likely earn higher wages all your life. By furthering your education, you will be better-prepared to successfully navigate the world of work.

After taking CTE classes in human services, you could pursue any number of opportunities including:

  • Employment in retail and human service-related jobs
  • A two-year degree in human services, substance abuse counseling, career counseling, early childhood education, culinary arts or community services
  • A four-year college or graduate degree in social services, sociology, teaching or psychology

Student Resources

Middle and High School

For information about your district's CTE offerings and how to move forward with planning for your future, contact or visit:

Apprenticeship and College

More than 1,000 jobs in Washington are connected to an active, registered apprenticeship program. For more information about apprenticeships and colleges, visit:

Additional Resources

For Educators

Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) Codes assist in tracking, assessment, and reporting CTE courses.

CIP Codes for this cluster:

  • 120401
  • 190000
  • 190001
  • 190002
  • 190401
  • 190403
  • 190701
  • 190703
  • 190704
  • 190706
  • 190707
  • 190708
  • 190710
  • 190716
  • 190726
  • 198888
  • Comprehensive CIP Code Chart