Human Services Education in Colorado
Colorado is a state with many opportunities for a Human Services career. With the Denver-Aurora-Broomfield metropolitan area boasting a population of 2.3 million residents, career choices in Human Services are many and diverse. Whether you want to become a Hospital Social Worker, or a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist there are many ways you can help your fellow Coloradans.
Deciding on your career path in Human Services is a very important life choice, a choice that should be carefully researched and considered. We have compiled on this website a database of careers, educational and licensure requirements with specific information on the state of Colorado. This resource can help you make an informed decision on your career arc and help you to develop concrete steps to meet your goals.
By earning your Bachelor’s degree from a Human Services program, you will be able to apply for work in the following positions in Colorado:
- Licensed Social Worker (Bachelor of Social Work from a CSWE accredited program)
- Rehabilitation case worker (Bachelor of Social Work, Sociology, Psychology)
- You will want to look for employment through the Colorado Department of Human Services
- Community outreach worker (Bachelor of Social Work, Sociology, Psychology)
- Outreach workers act on behalf of corporations, non-profits and the government in order to act as a liaison with the local community. You can find jobs through organizations such as HUD
- Behavioral management aide (Bachelor of Social Work, Sociology, Psychology)
- These jobs are generally done through the school system to help children at one of Colorado’s 179 public school districts. You can find out more information at the Colorado Department of Education
- Case management aide (Bachelor of Social Work, Sociology, Psychology)
- Juvenile court liaison (Bachelor of Social Work, Sociology, Psychology or Criminal
- Both of these career tracks are Criminal Justice related and will tend to work within the Justice System with man opportunities being available through the Department of Corrections
- Colorado Substance Abuse Counselor (Bachelor of Sociology, Social Work or Psychology)
- Substance Abuse Counselors generally work in the private sector, but are sometimes employed via the Justice System at the State, Local or County levels.
- Probation officer (Bachelor of Sociology, Social Work, Psychology or Criminal Justice)
If you go on to attain a Master’s degree from a Human Services program, you can start a career in one of the following positions. This is in addition to those listed under Bachelor’s degree (depending on licensing requirements):
- Marriage and Family Therapist (Master’s in Counseling, Psychology or Marriage and Family Therapy)
- Social and community service manager (Masters in Business Administration, Social Work, Psychology or Sociology)
- Licensed Clinical Social Worker (Master of Social Work from a CSWE accredited school + field experience)
- Licensed Clinical Social Worker (Master of Social Work from a CSWE accredited school + field experience) You will want to review Colorado’s rules and regulations around licensure here:
- Child welfare case manager (Masters in Business Administration, Social Work, Psychology or Sociology)
If you feel you wish to continue your education and earn a Doctorate in a Human Services field your opportunities will really open up. Whether you want to move into management in a Human Services agency, start a private psychotherapy practice or go on to teach at a University and train new generations of Human Services workers, a Ph.D. will help you to achieve your career goals.
The first step on your educational journey is to research and plan your educational goals to meet your career objective. Figuring out the end point of your career is critical. By using the resources here at Humanservicesedu.org you can read overviews of many careers along with their educational and licensure requirements to help inform your decision. Once you know what your educational requirements are, you can look at our database of schools in Colorado to find an accredited program that meets your needs. Most schools require that you register for their program months in advance, so you will need to plan ahead. Calling your school’s registrar to find out about the application process is a good idea. If you are interested in attaining advanced licensure you will also need to plan for post-graduate field experience. We wish you success in your educational journey.