Human Services

The human services field focuses on improving or maintaining the physical and mental health as well as the general wellbeing of individuals, groups, or communities in our society. “Human services” is a broad term often synonymous with the terms “social welfare” and “social work.”

The Human Services program provides you with the knowledge and skills to qualify for entry level positions in agencies and institutions that provide social, community, educational and mental health services. Students learn to apply human services principles and skills through a clinical experience in an appropriate setting.

Career Opportunities

Human Services is one of the top 25 fastest growing professions in the United States. By 2016, there will be a 34% increase in human services jobs, creating 114,000 new jobs. The need for mental health, rehabilitation, and family counselors will increase by 30%. In addition, demand is increasing for direct care/ support workers in the areas of gerontology and disability. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, entry-level human services will total 453,000 positions by 2016.

Settings that employ human services professionals may include hospitals, youth care facilities, mental health settings, chemical dependency settings, correctional facilities, geriatric settings, and social services agencies.

Wage/Salary Information

Go to and enter “child, family and school social worker” – or any of the previously mentioned job titles – in the search box for a list of related occupations and current wage information, as well as more detail on the job outlook, tasks, tools and technology used in this career.

HPOG Eligible!

Low-income students interested in Human Services may qualify for special tuition assistance and other financial benefits under the Health Profession Opportunity Grant. Email for details.

Program Home Campus

Two Rivers Building, 525 Scott Blvd, Covington, Ky.


Associate in applied science in Human Services
Aging Services Certificate
Direct Support Work Certificate
Substance Abuse Recovery Coach Certificate

Transfer Opportunities

You can transfer your Gateway credits to a four-year university offering a bachelor’s degree in counseling, Human Services, or related areas. Work with your Program Coordinator, Academic Advisor or Gateway’s Transfer Director to obtain further information about transfer opportunities.

Program Length

Associate in Applied Science in Human Services - Two years (four semesters) if enrolled full-time (15-18 hours per semester) and after any developmental needs are met.
Aging Services Certificate – Two semesters if enrolled part-time (9 hours)
Direct Support Work Certificate – One semester if enrolled full-time (15 hours)
Substance Abuse Recovery Coach Certificate – Two semesters if enrolled full-time (12 hours)

Advising Sheet (PDF)

Contact Us

Admissions: 859-441-4500
Financial Aid: 855-3GO-GCTC (855-346-4282)
Program Information: 859-442-1154

This program is HPOG eligible