Human Services

Additional Information

This career cluster prepares individuals for employment in career pathways related to families and human needs.

Based on the latest statistics, more than 7.2 million people are employed in human services occupations. Faster than average employment growth, coupled with high turnover, should create numerous employment opportunities.

Programs of Study

Social Health Services

Social health services focuses on the skills and knowledge needed for occupations that support the everyday functioning of society, such as social services workers, counselors, and family mediators. In this program of study, students investigate human needs and their impact on lifespan development, an overview of the human and social services fields, communication skills, and the historical and social changes of the modern family. As students progress through the program of study, they will compile artifacts for a portfolio in preparation for future training at a postsecondary level.

Course Standards

Dietetics and Nutrition

Dietetics and Nutrition is designed to prepare students for occupations that focus on nutritional well-being, such as dietitian or nutritional counselor. The course content covers the foundations of human needs, nutritional requirements and issues, nutrients and their relation to disease, and disease prevention. Upon completion of this POS, students will graduate with a professional portfolio and will be prepared for further study or a variety of nutritional career opportunities.

Course Standards

1Satisfies one lab science credit required for graduation.


Cosmetology is designed to prepare students for careers within the personal care industry, including hairstylist, colorist, and nail technician. The courses in the program of study cover the safety procedures in salon environments, principles of hair design, nail structures, and chemistry of color application. Students may acquire hours to transfer to a postsecondary institution to complete the requirements needed to be eligible to take the Tennessee State Board of Cosmetology examination for a Tennessee Cosmetology License. Upon completion of 300 hours, students are eligible to take the Tennessee State Board of Cosmetology Shampooing examination for a Shampoo Technician License.

Course Standards


Barbering focuses on the skills and knowledge needed for individuals interested in careers within the barbering industry. Course content provides students with the opportunity to acquire fundamental skills in barbering theory while applying technical skills related to safety, principles of hair, nail structure, and scalp care. Upon completion and acquisition of 340 hours, students are eligible to take the Tennessee Board of Barbering Examination for a Tennessee Barbering Technician License.

Course Standards

1Satisfies ½ credit of Economics required for graduation.

Courses for Elective Credit

Personal Finance CTSO Course Alignment