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Education/ Human Service/ Social Service

EDUCATION/
HUMAN SERVICE/
SOCIAL SERVICE

Careers in this pathway are related to teaching, counseling, law, public service, the non-profit sector, local government, business administration, banking and insurance, human resources, and criminology.

If you want to develop your communication, critical thinking and problem-solving skills and apply your learning in real-world settings, then this is a good career path for you. A four-year degree or more is required for most careers in this area.

Job Outlook*

Employment in education occupations is projected to grow 8 percent from 2014 to 2024, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Employment of social and human service positions is projected to grow 11 percent between now and 2024, faster than the average for all occupations. Growth is projected due to a growing elderly population and rising demand for healthcare and social services.

Salary Range
(Kalamazoo/Portage)

Elementary Teacher
$34,300 - $81,600

Paralegal & Legal Assistant
$33,580 - $62,940

Social Worker
$32,620 - $61,330

Salary information comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program, a semi-annual survey that provides wage and employment statistics for the nation, each state, and sub-state regions.

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition.