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Human services is a broadly defined field. It uses interdisciplinary skills to meet the service needs of diverse clients. A strong desire to help others is an important consideration for a job as a family human service professional. Employers highly value individuals who show patience, understanding, cultural competency, and caring in their dealings with others.

The Oregon Employment Division forecasts that employment for social and human service assistants will grow 15% through 2030.

Why choose Family and Human Services at PCC?


The Oregon Employment Department reports that the average annual salary of social and human service assistants in the Portland area is $44,713.

MHFA logoIn PCC’s Family and Human Services program, we prepare you for entry-level human service work in a range of environments under the direction of social workers, educators, counselors, psychologists, and other specialists.

ASIST logoPCC offers ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) and Mental Health First Aid as a part of our academic training.

View all Child and Family Studies degrees and certificates offered at PCC.

Degrees and certificates

Degrees and certificates by number of terms to complete
Award Length Financial aid eligible Currently accepting students?
Associate Degree: Family and Human Services2 years
Career Pathway Certificate: Foundations in Human ServicesLess than 1 year


What will you learn?

Your course of study will teach you:

  • Contemporary trends in human services
  • Direct service methods
  • Human service systems
  • Mental Health First Aid
  • Structure and dynamics of individuals in families, communities, organizations, and society
  • Case management
  • Suicide intervention skills
  • Human behavior and the social environment
  • Lifespan development

CSHSE logoThe AAS in Family and Human Services at Portland Community College is nationally accredited by the Council for Standards in Human Service Education, 9600 SW Oak St., Ste. 565, Tigard, OR 97223. (503) 253-9385. The program’s accreditation cycle is from June 2024 to June 2029.

What will you do?

Employment opportunities may include:

  • Access specialist
  • Case management
  • Family advocate
  • Home visitor
  • Life skills trainer
  • Phone screener
  • Social and human service assistant
  • Youth care counselor

Next steps

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