Human Services Education in Nebraska

Nebraska is located in the center of the United States and is part of the Midwest region. Known for its farming it also has plenty of need for skilled human services workers in its hospitals, school system, courts, university system, non-profits and government agencies. If you think you would like to work with the elderly, there is great need of Gerontology specialists in Nebraska. Perhaps working with children is something you would really like to do, in which case Nebraska’s schools have need of school social workers to help its troubled students. There are plenty of opportunities for the well-educated human services worker in Nebraska.

Few decisions in life will have a larger or longer term impact on you than making a decision about your career path. A decision this important is one that should be made after careful study of your options. We have compiled a database of overviews of some of the common jobs in the human services sector. Included in the database is information on not only the duties of the job, its impact on individuals, family and society, salary ranges, but also educational and licensure requirements. Using this resource should be immensely helpful in making this critical life decision. Below you will find a sampling of some of the jobs available in Nebraska based on education attained.

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Once you have earned your Bachelor’s degree from a Nebraska university or college human services program, you will be able to apply for work in the following positions:

  • Certified Social Worker (Bachelor of Social Work from a CSWE program)
    • You can learn about the laws and requirements for Social Work licensure in Nebraska here:
  • Case Management Aide (Bachelor of Social Work, Sociology, Psychology)
  • Gerontology Specialist (Bachelor of Science; Gerontology)
    Case management aide (Bachelor of Social Work, Sociology, Psychology)
  • Juvenile Court Liaison (Bachelor of Social Work, Sociology, Psychology or Criminal
  • Nebraska Substance Abuse Counselor (Bachelor of Sociology, Social Work or Psychology)
  • Rehabilitation case worker (Bachelor of Social Work, Sociology, Psychology)
    • If the idea of helping disabled people or those who have suffered massive injuries to find their talents in order to find employment sounds appealing, this could be an ideal career for you. One of the best sources for information on this career in Nebraska is the Department of Voc. Rehab. Click here for more info:
  • Community Outreach Worker (Bachelor of Social Work, Sociology, Psychology)
    • Large organizations often find it difficult to establish rapport and open lines of communication with the communities in which they exist, the job of the Community Outreach Worker is to bridge this gap. There are many kinds of organizations that need this help such as the University of Nebraska Medical Center:
  • Behavioral management aide (Bachelor of Social Work, Sociology, Psychology)
    • With over 264+ school districts Nebraska is bound to have children who are in need of special assistance healing their emotional wounds so that they can make the most of their education. The Nebraska Department of Education is an excellent source of career information and a likely employer for those interested in this career, here:
  • Probation Officer (Bachelor of Sociology, Social Work, Psychology or Criminal Justice)

If you continue your studies until you graduate with a Master’s degree from a Nebraska college or university Human Services program, you will have eligibility for some of the following positions:

  • Certified Master Social Worker (Master of Social Work from a CSWE accredited)
  • Marriage and Family Therapist (Master’s in Counseling, Psychology or Marriage and Family Therapy)
  • School Social Worker (Master of Social Work)
  • 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)

Some will want to continue their studies until they have become an expert in their field and have earned their doctorate.For those who earn their Ph.D.’s the career options are limitless. In addition to all the careers previously mentioned there are also new possibilities such as entering directly into a management position in a human services agency. You can also begin a career in academia teaching the next generation human services worker about your specialty. If research in your field is an interest you have, then getting your doctorate is a great way to not only get into clinical research, but often to lead your team and develop your own research objectives. Regardless of where you want to go with it, your Ph.D. is an invaluable asset and well worth the considerable effort involved in attaining it.

To get started with your education you must first ascertain what your end career goal is. Browsing our section on job overviews is an excellent way to start to understand what options are available. Along with job descriptions you will find detailed information about the education and licensure requirements of various positions. Matching a job to your own personal talents, abilities and interests is the best way to find a career that will be long lasting and fulfilling. Once you have found a career that is a match, you can browse our database on schools, both online and in Nebraska to find an accredited program that meets your educational needs. After you have decided on a school it is a great idea to contact them directly to learn about their specific application requirements. One last thing to keep in mind is that many of the advanced licenses require post-graduate field experience, so finding a possible employer for after you graduate is something you will want to plan for.