Human Services

Human service jobs in the Military focus on improving the quality of life of service members.

There are 8 military careers in this industry

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Military Chaplains

Military chaplains administer broad religious programs designed to meet the needs of the military community. They offer spiritual care and ensure all military members and their families have opportunities to exercise their constitutional entitlement to the free exercise of religion. They provide religious services, religious accommodation, pastoral care, unit engagement, and counseling to meet the diverse needs of military members.

  • Average Salary:$124,344
  • Most Common Education: Master's Degree

Military Community and Recreation Specialists

Community and recreation specialists provide support services to military personnel.  These services include offerings such as community housing, food service, physical fitness facilities, barbery, laundry services, libraries, youth and outdoor recreation activities, arts and crafts, ceremonies, and unit-level sports. Community and recreation specialists are also available to help personnel and their families during wartime and other crises.

  • Average Salary:$62,360
  • Most Common Education: Some college

Military Community Services Officers

Community services officers administer programs and offerings that aim to support and enhance the well-being of service members and their families. They oversee official programs and parades, as well as diverse ceremonial functions and military honors initiatives. They direct the operations of recreational programs and facilities, clubs, and libraries. These officers also supply personal assistance to military personnel and their families during times of crisis, including providing funeral support when casualties occur.

  • Average Salary:$102,674
  • Most Common Education: Bachelor's degree

Military Mortuary Affairs Specialists

Mortuary affairs specialists assist personnel and their families during times of grief and sadness. They work in both combat and noncombat situations to search for, and identify, deceased personnel. They help with the inventory and safeguarding of personal effects and provide internment. These specialists also assist the next of kin and provide funeral services.

  • Average Salary:Not available
  • Most Common Education: Associate's degree

Military Psychologists

Psychologists plan, direct, and administer programs that ensure delivery of effective mental health services to military personnel. They utilize psychological principles, theories, and techniques through direct patient care and consultation, as well as education programs related to investigation, evaluation, and treatment of mental illness and behavior disorders. They provide consulting and develop policies to promote mental health awareness and research. They perform experiments to determine the effects of various environmental factors on human behavior, adjustment, performance, and effectiveness.

  • Average Salary:$88,575
  • Most Common Education: Doctoral degree

Military Religious Program Specialists

Religious program specialists assist military chaplains in building a culture of spiritual care and facilitating the free exercise of religion for military service members and their families. As experts in religious diversity, they conduct worship services, provide pastoral counseling, and offer crisis intervention. They also advise leaders at all levels on religious accommodation, ethical, and moral issues.

  • Average Salary:$124,344
  • Most Common Education: Bachelor's degree

Military Social Workers

Social workers apply knowledge and professional social work practices to provide effective mental health services to military personnel and their families. They are responsible for clinical counseling, consultation, critical event debriefings, and substance abuse interventions. They assess needs for social and psychological support in individuals, families, and groups, and they provide evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of psychological disorders. They provide consultation to leading officials and they promote social work research, training, and internship programs.

  • Average Salary:$118,872
  • Most Common Education: Bachelor's degree

Military Substance Abuse Caseworkers

Substance abuse caseworkers provide individual and group counseling, perform crisis intervention, and offer education and counseling related to substance abuse. They perform urinalysis screenings and conduct assessments and interviews. They develop treatment plans and provide assistance to leaders in addressing issues related to substance abuse. They prepare summary reports and maintain patient progress data, and are responsible for implementing prevention, outreach, and educational programs related to alcohol and drug abuse for members of the Military and their families. 

  • Average Salary:Not available
  • Most Common Education: Master's Degree