Preparing individuals for employment in career pathways that relate to families and human needs.
Careers in this cluster fall into the community and social service and the personal care and service occupational groups used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics for occupational projections.
Community and Social Service
Community and social service occupations include social workers, counselors, and religious workers. Employment of community and social service occupations is projected to grow 14 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations, adding about 371,900 jobs. Most projected new jobs in this occupational group are in counselor and social worker occupations, as their services will continue to be needed in areas such as drug abuse counseling and rehabilitation counseling, and also for school and career counseling.
Personal Care and Service
Employment of personal care and service occupations is projected to grow 19 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations, which will result in about 1.2 million new jobs. Personal care aides are expected to account for about 6 out of 10 of these new jobs. Personal care aides, which are included in the same profile as home health aides, assist clients with daily living activities and demand for their services are expected to grow as the elderly population increases.