Human Services Education in Nevada
With its two world-famous cities of Las Vegas and Reno, Nevada is a destination for many people throughout the country. It is also a state that is in need of human services workers in its schools, universities, hospitals, non-profit and government agencies. Whether you work as a community outreach worker for a local non-profit, or as a substance abuse counselor in Vegas there are a variety of ways in which you can help the state of Nevada with its human service needs.
When contemplating your education and eventual career path it is important to realize what an important decision this is. Few points in life are so clearly a crossroads as when you are determining your career goals. This choice is one that will impact you for many years to come and is one that is worthy of careful consideration. We here at humanservicesedu.org have worked hard to create a resource that can help you more easily make this important life decision. By browsing our database on careers you can get an in-depth look at the responsibilities of various jobs, the salary ranges and also the educational and licensure requirements. Below you will find a sampling of some of the human services jobs available in Nevada based on level of education you have achieved.
Once you have earned your Bachelor’s degree from a Nevada university or college human services program, you will be able to apply for work in the following positions:
- Social Worker (Bachelor of Social Work from a CSWE program)
- The road to licensure in a state is often one that is filled with complex rules we have a complete breakdown of the process for Nevada here:
- Gerontology Specialist (Bachelor of Science; Gerontology)
- Gerontology Social Workers are dedicated to helping the elderly cope with the stresses and life changes caused by aging, a great resource for workers in this career arc is the Nevada Aging and Disability Services Division:
- Case Management Aide (Bachelor of Social Work, Sociology, Psychology)
- Juvenile Court Liaison (Bachelor of Social Work, Sociology, Psychology or Criminal
- A job in Criminal Justice takes a special kind of discipline and professionalism that allows one to work with Juveniles as well as Adults and retain a respectful and firm relationship to help your client navigate their legal responsibilities as well as being aware of their rights. For more information on Criminal Justice careers visit the Nevada Department of Corrections :
- Nevada Substance Abuse Counselor (Bachelor of Sociology, Social Work or Psychology)
- In order to be able to operate in Nevada you must pass the board certification standard for Addiction Counseling. You can find out the requirements here:
- Rehabilitation Case Worker (Bachelor of Social Work, Sociology, Psychology)
- For informational purposes here is a recent listing with the Nevada Department of Voc. Rehab for a similar position:
- Community Outreach Worker (Bachelor of Social Work, Sociology, Psychology)
- Community Outreach is often performed by Non-profits such as the Nevada Community Outreach Medical Center:
- Behavioral management aide (Bachelor of Social Work, Sociology, Psychology)
- 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 Nevada college or university Human Services program, you will have eligibility for some of the following positions:
- Independent Social Worker (Master of Social Work from a CSWE accredited + field experience)
- Clinical Social Worker (Master of Social Work from a CSWE accredited + field experience)
- 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)
If you want to continue your studies and earn a doctorate in your discipline you will find that a whole host of career options opens themselves to you. From a career in academia teaching your specialty, to leading a clinical research team your options are limitless within your field when you have a Ph.D. If you wish to go into management having your doctorate will enable you to apply for leadership positions directly out of college. You can also open your own private mental health practice once you have a Ph.D. While the journey to your doctorate is long, the rewards at journey’s end are substantial indeed.
The key to planning your education is to determine what your end goals are in regards to career aspirations. One way to make this decision easier is to browse our section on job overviews. Within it you will find information about the job’s duties, its impact on human beings, salary ranges and the educational and licensure requirements for the position. With this information in hand you can then match a career to your natural talents, interests and abilities. Once you have found a good match you can look at our database of schools both online and in Nevada to find an accredited program that meets your educational requirements. After finding a school that works for you it is a good idea to contact them directly to learn more about their application process and requirements. One final thing to consider is post-graduate employment if you wish to attain an advanced license. Many of the advanced licenses require field experience as a component to become licensed. This is something you will want to keep in mind in your educational plan.