Psychology & Social Work
Social Services

If you're fascinated by human behavior, have a deep belief in the inherent good of humankind, and want to spend your life helping others overcome their obstacles and reach their full potential, a degree in Social Services may be a perfect fit for you.

Types of Degrees

Social Services students typically pursue an associate degree (2 years), bachelor's degree (4 years), or master's degree (6-7 years) prior to entering the workforce. In this field, an associate degree can lead to positions like a Social and Human Service Assistant, a bachelor's degree can lead to a career as a Social Worker, and a master's degree can lead to management and administrative positions like a career as a Social and Community Service Manager.

Admission Requirements

A high school diploma or equivalent is required, with a strong academic background in psychology and sociology coursework and experience in tutoring and/or mentoring helping applicants obtain acceptance into their desired school. Each school has its own specific requirements, making it important for you to explore several options before settling on a particular school.

Career Opportunities After Earning A Social Services Degree

The range of career opportunities available to someone with a degree in Social Services include:

  • Social and Human Service Assistant
  • Social Worker
  • Social and Community Service Manager
  • Information based on national data, not school-specific information. Conditions in your area may vary.

Post Graduate Salary Information

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for Social and Human Service Assistants was $35,060 in 2019 (1) while Social Workers earned a median salary of $50,470 (2) and Social and Community Service Managers had a median salary of $67,150 in 2019. (3)

Note that the average salary varies widely not only depending on career chosen, but on geographical location and employer. Conditions in your area may vary.


  1. Bureau of Labor Statistics
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Careers associated with these educational opportunities often require additional degrees and certifications not offered as part of the educational opportunities presented by this website.

Information based on national data, not school-specific information. Conditions in your area may vary.