Human Services: Youth Worker

About the Program

Put your desire to help young people to good use in college as you prepare to become a youth worker by enrolling in Iowa Western’s Human Services Youth Worker program. If you like to work with children through difficult times in their lives, this program is perfect for you. Graduates earn an Associate of Arts degree and can enter this field immediately or transfer to a four-year college to work toward a bachelor’s degree.

This program will instill you with the knowledge and confidence to work with children and adolescents in such settings as residential treatment centers, group homes, crisis shelters, and hospital-based adolescent programs. You’ll get hands-on experience studying teenage and adolescent issues and learn how to help troubled youths handle a crisis.

Career Information

The Human Services Youth Worker program is designed for students with the option of transferring to a four-year institution or entering the workforce in an entry-level youth care worker position. In this program, you learn how to work with children and adolescents in a variety of settings such as residential treatment centers, group homes, hospital-based adolescent programs, and crisis shelters. Qualified personnel are in high demand in many residential treatment programs.

Salary Information

Salary: Regional
Average: $22,000 to $26,000

* Salary information from the Iowa Western Program Chair.

Just the Facts

Program Start Term: Fall, Spring, Summer
Program Length: 4 Semesters, 1 Summer
Award: A.A.
Number of Majors: 30
Average Class Size: 20
Part-Time or Full-Time: Both
Program Courses Offered: Day & Evening
Program Locations: Council Bluffs Campus