February - Human Services career pathway

February career pathway board

Correctional Officer       Massage Therapist       Curator       School Counselor       Funeral Director       Chef

Barbers, Hair stylists & Cosmetologists


Correctional Officer

correctional officers

You need an eagle eye and thick skin to be a correctional officer. In this job, you’ll be responsible for watching every move that inmates make. Your job will include inspecting their cells and searching for weapons. You’ll also have to supervise their work assignments and escort them wherever they go. If a fight breaks out between inmates, you’re the one who will settle it.

It’s a stressful and dangerous job. But the need for correctional officers is great, and the good ones can make a real difference.

Education needed: Associate Degree + training

Annual Salary: $34,000


Massage Therapist

massage therapists

Ahhh. A massage is one of life’s greatest pleasures. But if you would rather give than receive, consider a career in massage therapy. Be warned, however: Massage know-how is more than skin-deep.

You’ll need a thorough understanding of what lies beneath the skin and what goes on there. And massage isn’t just something you make up as you go along -- you’ll need to train in a variety of techniques such as Swedish massage and shiatsu. You’ll be on your feet a lot, and the work can be demanding. But it’s rewarding to know that you’ve helped to reduce stress, relieve aching muscles, or just make someone feel better.

Education needed: Associate’s Degree + Certification

Annual Salary: $37,000



museum exhibit

Curators do much more than handle artwork and artifacts and design museum and zoo exhibits. The job of managing a collection is broad-based. It involves working with people as much as, if not more than, the pieces in the collection.

Curators work with museum educators, zookeepers, publicists and publishers to produce exhibits complete with special events and publications. And they work closely with other curators, museum directors and board members to grow the museum, gallery or zoo collection -- whether dealing with artwork, plants, or living animals.

Education needed: Master's Degree

Annual Salary: $50,000


School Counselor

school counselor

"What do you want to be when you grow up?" It's one of those questions we get asked repeatedly. Many of us need help finding an answer -- even people who are already grown up.

That's where educational, vocational, and school counselors come in. They know the questions to ask and the information to provide in order to help individuals arrive at the best choice. They also help students jump academic and personal hurdles in order to reach their goals.

Education needed: Master’s Degree

Annual Salary: $49,000


Funeral Director

funeral director

What type of service is best? Which religious leaders should be included? What customs must be observed? How should the body be prepared and buried or cremated? Funeral directors work closely with relatives of the deceased to make decisions about these details and more.

Their job is a difficult one. But people in mourning are extremely grateful to these professionals who put together funeral services.

Education needed: Associate Degree + Apprenticeship

Annual Salary: $71,000




If your vision of a chef is someone in a puffy white hat who races around the kitchen making sure each order is filled, you’re only partly right. True, a chef’s job revolves around creating meals that taste and look great. But there are all kinds of chefs: while cuisine, sous (assistant), and pastry chefs take care of the cooking, executive chefs spend most of their time planning menus and supervising others.

The hours are long, and the stress runs high, but if the idea of choosing between paprika and red pepper flakes makes your pulse race, this career may be just your cup of tea.

Education needed: Associate Degree or Bachelor's Degree

Salary needed: $46,000


Barbers, Hair stylists & Cosmetologists


hair stylist


All of us have a bad hair day now and then. But if you want to help others avoid that fate, consider becoming a barber or a hairstylist. You’ll learn how the right conditioner can tame the wildest of manes, how to transform a blonde into a redhead, and even how to tactfully suggest that the comb-over just isn’t doing the trick.

If you become a cosmetologist, you’ll also learn how to give facials, manicures, and other salon basics, such as handling difficult customers.

Education needed: Associate’s Degree or Certification

Annual Salary: $22,000 - $25,000

*Salary information taken from: https://www.onetonline.org/

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