Human Services Education in Vermont

Located in New England, the gorgeous state of Vermont is one of the smallest and least densely populated states in the country. However, Vermont is still in need of human services workers at its hospitals in the form of medical social workers. Vermont is also in need of human services workers in its school system as vocational counselors guiding students in their career choices and school social workers helping out troubled students. Human services workers are also needed in Vermont’s non-profit, government agencies, hospitals and as professors in its university system. There are lots of opportunities for well-educated human services workers in Vermont.

There are few decisions you will make during your life that will have as big an impact on your future as choosing your career. Making a decision of this importance is one that deserves due diligence. Here at, you have access to a great resource and you can use it to help you make this critical decision. By browsing our database of career overviews, you can learn about educational requirements, expected tasks, responsibilities, salary range and any required licensure. We also have a detailed licensure section with information on licensing in human services for every state including Vermont. After studying all this information you can make an intelligent choice about the education you need. Below you will find a list of various jobs in the human services sector and their required education.

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Once you have completed your studies and earned your Bachelor’s degree from a Vermont college or university human services program, you can look at starting your career in one of the following professions:

  • Rehabilitation case worker (Bachelor of Social Work, Sociology, Psychology)
      • Many employers from Non-profits and government agencies to private businesses have need of community outreach workers. For example, here is a local market that works on community outreach projects:
  • Community outreach worker (Bachelor of Social Work, Sociology, Psychology)
  • Behavioral management aide (Bachelor of Social Work, Sociology, Psychology)
    • With 60+ school districts there are plenty of opportunities for those who feel called to help children work through their emotional and behavioral problems so they can blossom at school. You can learn more about Vermont’s education system here:
  • Probation officer (Bachelor of Sociology, Social Work, Psychology or Criminal Justice)
    • You can find lots of relevant and helpful information for these profession on the Stated Department of Corrections website here:
  • Case management aide (Bachelor of Social Work, Sociology, Psychology)
    • The Vermont Department of Human Services employs many Case Aide’s and you can find their position description here:
  • Juvenile court liaison (Bachelor of Social Work, Sociology, Psychology or Criminal
  • Vermont Substance Abuse Counselor (Bachelor of Sociology, Social Work or Psychology)

    • You can learn the details of Substance Abuse Counseling certification here:

If you continue your studies and graduate with a Master’s degree from a Vermont college or university human services program, you will be eligible to begin a career in one of the following positions:

  • Licensed clinical social worker (Master of Social Work from a CSWE accredited school + field experience)
  • Child welfare case manager (Masters in Business Administration, Social Work, Psychology or Sociology)
  • 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)
  • School social worker (Master of social work from a CSWE accredited program)

For some, the thought of becoming an expert in their discipline is an idea that intrigues them. For those that feel this way, you will want to continue your education and earn a Ph.D. With a doctorate you will have many different career options and you will also increase your earning potential tremendously. With your doctorate you will be able to do all of the previously listed jobs and also things like: leading a clinical research team of psychologists studying human behavior, teaching sociology to a new generation of students at a Vermont university, or becoming part of the leadership team at a human services organization. Regardless of your career goals, having a Ph.D. in a human services field will give you the ability to create your own career and be in control of your destiny.

To begin with, you will want to determine your educational journey by figuring out what your end career goals are. You can research this in our database on human services career overviews. You will find within it information on everything from: what the job entails, its impact on the community, and what the educational and licensure requirements are. Once you find a career that sounds fulfilling, you can use our schools database to find a school, either online or located in Vermont that meet your educational needs. It is always wise to contact your school directly to find out specifics about their application process. One last consideration you will want to include in your planning, if you want a career that requires advanced licensure, is post-graduate employment. Often field experience is required for most of the advanced licenses.