Explore the Social and Human Services Career Field
Graduates of this program will be prepared to work under the supervision of social workers, psychologists, sociologists and other professionals. They may work at hospitals, mental health clinics, residential facilities or community service agencies, serving in may roles that make a positive impact in any community.
Additionally, graduates may be able to continue on to a bachelor degree program in human services, social work, psychology, gerontology or other fields. EFSC does have an articulation agreement with Florida State University, allowing EFSC graduates who complete EFSC's Social & Human Services Associate in Science degree, the FSU admission requirements for non-AA transfers, and all FSU Social Work pre-requisites, to then enter the Fall term application pool and compete on the same level as all other applicants. As with all four-year programs, be sure to review the catalog of the college or university you are interested in and check with its admissions team to be sure you will meet its bachelor’s transfer requirements.
According to the Occupational Handbook, employment of Social and Human Services assistants is projected to grow 11 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations.
The Domestic Violence Services and Aging Services certifications were created to prepare students to meet the demand in our area.
Domestic violence statistics from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement:
- In 2014, 106,882 crimes of domestic violence were reported to Florida law enforcement agencies resulting in 64,460 arrests.
- During fiscal year 2014-2015, Florida’s certified domestic violence centers provided 546,658 nights of emergency shelter to 15,397 survivors of domestic violence and their children.
- Advocates created 109,045 tailored safety plans; provided a total of 297,669 hours of advocacy and counseling services; and received 103,776 domestic violence hotline calls from individuals seeking emergency services, information and safety planning assistance.
Statistics from the Brevard County Commission on Aging:
- Approximately 25% of Brevard County’s total population is 60 years of age or older.
- By 2020, 12 million older Americans will need long-term health care.
- By 2026, the population of Americans over the age of 65 will double to 71.5 million.
- As medical science increases the length of our lives, we will see a corresponding increase in the need for long-term care.