Human Sciences & Education

Kearney High School has a variety of programs of study in the Human Sciences and Education (HSE) SLC. These include Law/Public Safety/Corrections/Security, Government and Public Administration, Consumer Services, Counseling and Mental Health Services, Education and Training, Early Childhood Development and Services, Family and Community Services, Personal Care Services, and Hospitality and Tourism. Its designated color at Kearney High School is BLUE.

Law, Public Safety, Correctons, and Security Overview

There are many challenging educational and training opportunities within the high-skilled world of Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security. Learners need a solid background in math, science and technical skills. Education and training can be obtained in high schools, technical colleges/institutes and universities. Along the way, career guidance professionals assist learners in assessing their educational goals, interests, abilities and skills to facilitate a good match to the cluster's many pathway options. Learners participate in relevant educational opportunities framed in the context of the cluster. They gain knowledge and skills through coordinated workplace learning experiences such as site visits, job shadowing and internships. If they choose, they may achieve valuable skill certifications that lead to employment. Colleges and universities offer advanced degrees that prepare learners for professional and technical careers. The Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security Cluster helps prepare students for careers in planning, managing, and providing legal, public safety, protective services and homeland security, including professional and technical support services.

There are approximately 5 million jobs in the occupations assigned to the law, public safety, corrections, and security cluster. Employment of protective service and legal occupations is projected to grow around 5 percent through 2024. Numerous job openings will stem from employment growth attributable to the continued desire for increased corporate, industrial and homeland security, and the maintenance of public safety. Median annual wages for these occupations range from $19,040 for lifeguards, ski patrol, and other recreational protective service workers, to $118,150 for judges, magistrate judges, and magistrates.

Government and Public Administration

There are many challenging educational and training opportunities within the high-skilled world of Government and Public Administration. Learners need a solid background in social studies, political science, foreign language and history. Education and training can be obtained in high schools, technical colleges/institutes and universities.

Along the way, career guidance professionals assist learners in assessing their educational goals, interests, abilities and skills to facilitate a good match to the cluster's many pathway options. Learners participate in relevant educational opportunities framed in the context of the cluster. They gain knowledge and skills through coordinated workplace learning experiences such as site visits, job shadowing and internships. If they choose, they may achieve valuable skill certifications that lead to employment. Colleges and universities offer advanced degrees that prepare learners for professional and technical careers.

Government affects everyone in countless ways. In a democratic society, government is the means of expressing the public will. In fact, virtually every occupation can be found within government. There are some activities unique to government. The federal government defends the public from foreign aggression; represents the nation's interests abroad; deliberates, passes and enforces laws; and administers many different programs. State and local governments pass laws or ordinances and provide vital services to constituents. There are many opportunities in government in every career area. The Government and Public Administration Career Cluster focuses on unique careers only available within government.

Because of its public nature, the factors that influence federal government staffing levels are unique. The Congress and President determine the government's payroll budget. Each Presidential Administration and Congress have different public policy priorities, which increase levels of federal employment in some programs and decrease federal employment in others.

State and local government employment is projected to increase marginally during the next decade, however, efforts to cut spending are expected to result in a decline in federal government employment. Jobs growth will stem from a rising demand for services at the state and local levels. An increasing population, along with state and local assumption of responsibility for some services previously provided by the federal government, is fueling the growth of these services.

Consumer Services Overview

People with careers in consumer services assist individuals with decisions and problems relating to finance, real estate, insurance and consumer goods.

Consumer services comprise a large segment of available jobs. Latest statistics indicate customer service representatives alone hold 2.6 million jobs. The job outlook through 2024 is favorable with employment expected to increase faster than the average for all occupations. Median annual earnings vary widely by occupation and experience with customer service representatives at $31,200 and personal financial advisors at $81,060.

Counseling and Mental Health Services Overview

People working in counseling and mental health services assist people with personal, family, educational, mental health, and career decisions and problems. Mental health care may be provided in hospitals, clinics, schools or private settings.

Based on the latest statistics, counselors and psychologists hold approximately 600,000 jobs. Through 2024, overall employment of counselors and psychologists is expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations. Numerous job openings will occur due to the increase in the number of individuals who have access to health insurance, and because the number of military veterans needing and seeking mental health treatment is expected to increase over the next decade. Latest statistics indicate nearly one out of three psychologists are self-employed. The median annual salary of psychologists is $70,700, while the median annual salary for counselors ranges from $40,850 to $53,370.

Education and Training Overview

here are many challenging educational and training opportunities within the high-skilled world of Education and Training. Learners need a solid background in academic, technical and presentation/ facilitation skills. The educational background for a career in the education and training field can begin in high schools, technical colleges/institutes, and universities.

Along the way, career guidance professionals assist learners in assessing their educational goals, interests, abilities and skills to facilitate a good match to the cluster's many pathway options. Learners participate in relevant educational opportunities framed in the context of the cluster. They gain knowledge and skills through coordinated workplace learning experiences such as site visits, job shadowing and internships. If they choose, they may achieve valuable skill certifications that lead to employment. Colleges and universities offer advanced degrees that prepare learners for professional and technical careers.

This diverse Career Cluster prepares learners for careers in planning, managing and providing education and training services, and related learning support services. Each year many learners train for careers in education and training in a variety of settings that offer academic instruction, career technical instruction, and other education and training services.

A growing emphasis on improving education and making it available to more Americans will increase the overall demand for workers in the education and training cluster. Employers are expected to devote greater resources to job-specific training programs in response to the increasing complexity of many jobs and technological advances that can leave employees with obsolete skills. A substantial number of older teachers are expected to reach retirement age through 2024. Their retirement will increase the need to replace workers who leave the occupation. This will result in a particularly strong demand for training and development specialists across all industries.

Early Childhood Development and Services Overview

People with careers in early childhood development and services nurture and teach children. They provide services in childcare centers, nursery schools, preschools, public schools, private households, family childcare homes, and before and after school programs.

According to the latest statistics, early childhood development and services employees hold about 1.3 million jobs. Employment is projected to increase about as fast as the average for all occupations through 2024. High turnover should create good job opportunities for childcare workers. A little over one-quarter of childcare workers are self-employed. Pay depends on the educational attainment of the worker and the type of establishment. The median annual salary of childcare workers is $19,730.

Family and Community Services Overview

Employees with careers in family and community services help the homeless, housebound, and infirm cope with circumstances of daily living; counsel troubled and emotionally disturbed individuals; train or retrain the unemployed or underemployed; care for the elderly and the physically and mentally disabled; help the disadvantaged obtain financial assistance; and solicit contributions for various social services organizations.

Based on the latest statistics, family and community service employees hold approximately 2 million jobs. Some of the fastest-growing occupations in the nation are concentrated in social services, especially those that involve working with the elderly. Employment growth will be driven by increased demand for healthcare and social services. Average earnings are low because of the large number of part-time and low-paying service jobs.

Personal Care Services Overview

People with careers in personal care services assist individuals with their personal appearance, including shampooing, cutting, coloring and styling hair; giving manicures, pedicures, and scalp and facial treatments; providing makeup analysis; cleaning and styling wigs and hairpieces; and providing personal fitness training. Also, within personal care services, funeral directors and attendants make funeral arrangements for grieving families.

According to the latest statistics, employees in personal care services hold over one million jobs. Through 2024, employment of personal appearance workers is projected to grow 13 percent, faster than the average for all occupations. Numerous employment opportunities for personal care services workers will arise from the need to replace workers who transfer to other occupations, retire, or leave the labor force for other reasons. The median annual wage of personal appearance workers ranges is $21,260, while the median annual wage for morticians, undertakers, and funeral directors is $47,250.

Hospitality and Tourism Overview

There are many challenging educational and training opportunities within the high-skilled world of Hospitality and Tourism. Learners need a solid background in math, science and technical skills. Education and training can be obtained in high schools, technical colleges/institutes and universities.

Along the way, career guidance professionals assist learners in assessing their educational goals, interests, abilities and skills to facilitate a good match to the cluster's many pathway options. Learners participate in relevant educational opportunities framed in the context of the cluster. They gain knowledge and skills through coordinated workplace learning experiences such as site visits, job shadowing and internships. If they choose, they may achieve valuable skill certifications that lead to employment. Colleges and universities offer advanced degrees and industry certifications that prepare learners for professional and technical careers.

The Hospitality and Tourism Cluster prepares learners for careers in the management, marketing and operations of restaurants and other food services, lodging, attractions, recreational events and travel-related services. Hospitality operations are located in communities throughout the world.

The hospitality and tourism industry directly supports over 5 million jobs and is one of the biggest job generators in the US, generating over 9 percent of the country's employment. Salaries depend on the employee's skills, education and job level at a hotel, restaurant, tourism office, recreation facility, amusement park or attraction site. Median annual salaries for these occupations range from $18,330 for combined food preparation and serving workers to $66,200 for gaming managers. This industry is known for promoting within and for its large number of young managers.