Human Services Education in Hawaii

The beautiful islands of Hawaii are in need of human services workers who can help in its schools, hospitals and government agencies. Whether you are teaching at one of Hawaii’s universities with a Doctorate of Marriage and Family Therapy or opening a private mental health practice, there are a variety of employment options for a well-educated human services worker. Few career paths give you more of an opportunity to give back to your community than a human services job.

In life you will have many decisions that impact you for years to come, but few will be as important as choosing your career. A decision with such a far ranging impact on your life deserves careful study. We here at humanservicesedu.org are dedicated to helping you make an informed decision on your career choice in human services. We have compiled a database of career overviews for some of the most common careers in the human services field. We provide you with information such as earning potential, job duties, impact on the community, educational and licensure requirements. With this information you will be able to clarify your career and educational goals.

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Once you have earned a Bachelor’s degree from a Hawaii university or college human services course of study, you will be able to apply for one of following careers in Hawaii:

  • Rehabilitation Case Worker (Bachelor of Social Work, Sociology, Psychology)
    • The majority of professionals working in this field will work for Hawaii DHS and her is an example of one of their job listings for this position, click the pdf for more info.
  • Community Outreach Worker (Bachelor of Social Work, Sociology, Psychology)
  • Licensed Bachelor Social Worker (Bachelor of Social Work from a CSWE accredited school)
    • You can learn about licensure for this position and more advanced Licensed Social Workers in our article here:
  • Case Management Aide (Bachelor of Social Work, Sociology, Psychology)
    • This job is part of a series of jobs related to Case Work and Eligibility Work within the government. Here is a job listing with Hawaii DHS that is part of this cluster of jobs:
  • Juvenile Court Liaison (Bachelor of Social Work, Sociology, Psychology or Criminal
  • You will find a wealth of information about these careers along with potential job opportunities through the Department of Public Safety here:
  • Hawaii Substance Abuse Counselor (Bachelor of Sociology, Social Work or Psychology)
  • Behavioral Management Aide (Bachelor of Social Work, Sociology, Psychology)
  • Probation Officer (Bachelor of Sociology, Social Work, Psychology or Criminal Justice)

After you have completed your studies and graduated with a Master’s degree from a Hawaii college or university, you will be able to choose a career from one of the following jobs:

  • Licensed Social Worker (Master of Social Work from a CSWE accredited)
  • 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)
  • Child Welfare Case 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)

To maximize your career opportunities you may wish to continue your studies until you have earned your Ph.D. For those with a doctorate the sky is the limit as far as career opportunities go. In addition to all the previous job possibilities, someone who holds a doctorate can choose such diverse career options as teaching future generations of human services workers, moving into a leadership position in a human services agency or doing clinical research. Regardless of your career goals, a doctorate will enable you to craft the career of your choice and is well worth the considerable time and effort involved.

The first step on your educational journey is to consider all your career options and to carefully choose the one that best fits with your goals and inborn natural talents. By browsing our list of career overviews you can learn about some of the most commonly available careers in the human services field. Once you have discovered a career track that fulfills your needs, you can determine what your educational requirements are. We have a database of schools both online and in the state of Hawaii that have accredited programs in the human services field of your choice. Remember, most schools will require that you apply several months in advance of beginning your actual studies. It is always wise to contact your school directly and learn about their particular application process. If you wish to have a career in a licensed capacity it is good to sketch out your post-graduate field experience plans. We wish you the best of luck in all your educational and career endeavors.