human development and family studies

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Careers

Professional preparation in HDF results in outstanding success in rates of employment. Health and Human Services continues to rank highly among growth industries nationally. Many of our graduates are now experienced leaders in educational, human service, and clinical settings. Below are potential jobs and employers for each of the following categories:

 

Social and Human Services

Professional Areas/Job Titles Employers
  • Case manager
  • Community organizer
  • Counselor
  • Family support worker
  • Activity/reaction director
  • Administrator
  • Advocate
  • Grant writer
  • Development officer
  • Researcher
  • Government, non-profit and for-profit agencies designed to serve children, youth, families, seniors, and communities
  • Child welfare/foster care and adoption agencies
  • Maternal health agencies
  • Hospitals, home health, long-term care agencies
  • Military family support services
  • Juvenile service agencies
  • Substance abuse prevention programs
  • Criminal justice settings
  • Domestic violence shelters
  • Child and adult protective services
  • Peace Corps
  • Senior day program centers
  • Offices of aging
  • Vocational rehabilitation/job training agencies
  • Research institutes

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Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT)

Professional Areas/Job Titles Employers
  • All of the above, as MFT licensed level
  • Psychotherapist with individuals, couples, families and groups
  • Clinical case manager
  • Psychosocial skills trainer
  • Supervisor/manager of therapy/treatment program
  • Program developer
  • Researcher
  • Program evaluator
  • All of the above, at MFT levels
  • Social service agencies (public and private)
  • Mental health centers
  • Schools
  • Hospitals, clinics, hospice
  • Child welfare agencies
  • Adoption agencies
  • Policy and advocacy organizations
  • Employee Assistance Programs
  • Private practice

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Community Services

Professional Areas/Job Titles Employers
  • Counselor
  • Parent educator
  • Youth development worker
  • Sexuality educator
  • Crisis/hotline worker
  • Program administrator/director
  • Grant-writer
  • Development officer
  • Program evaluator and researcher (MA/MSW or PhD)
  • Clergy, pastoral care
  • Community centers
  • YWCA, YMCA
  • Summer camp programs
  • Clubs and classes for children
  • Programs for people with special needs.
  • Family support centers
  • Parenting education programs
  • Cooperative Extension
  • Local governments
  • Jobs programs
  • Churches/synagogues/faith-based organizations

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Education

Professional Areas/Job Titles Employers
  • Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE)
  • Teacher-early childhood (BS with certification), high school (BA with certification), or higher education (MA/MS or PhD)
  • Administrator
  • Advocate/policy analyst
  • After school program director
  • Program evaluator
  • Curriculum developer
  • School counselor (MA/MS)
  • Family support counselor for parents of children with special needs
  • Family resource coordinator
  • Educational research (PhD)
  • Child care centers
  • Child development centers
  • Head Start programs
  • Family daycare
  • After school tutoring/social-emotional skills programs
  • School-based programs
  • Parenting, family life education, and outreach programs
  • Marriage and family enrichment programs
  • Cooperative Extension
  • Health and wellness prevention settings
  • Americorps/Peace Corps
  • Religious institutions

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Policy

Professional Areas/Job Titles Employers
  • Family policy analyst
  • Researcher
  • Lobbyist/advocate
  • Legislator
  • At all levels of government: Departments of health, Education, Human Services, Nutrition, Occupational and Human Safety, Immigration Services, etc.
  • Nonprofit child/family research/advocacy organizations
  • Policy “think tanks”
  • State legislature
  • International organizations
  • Non-governmental organizations (NGOs)
  • Human rights organizations

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Law

Professional Areas/Job Titles Employers
  • Lawyer (J.D.)/graduate degree
  • Advocate, child/family
  • Lobbyist
  • Politician
  • Mediator
  • Policy analyst
  • Researcher
  • Divorce/other mediation programs
  • Domestic violence organizations
  • Child & Adult Protective Services, legal representation
  • Victim/witness support services
  • Legal aide agencies
  • Lawyers’ office
  • District attorney’s office
  • Capitol Hill
  • Legislative advocacy groups
  • Senate or House of Representatives
  • Consumer safety organizations

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Communications and Business

Professional Areas/Job Titles Employers
  • Human resource specialist
  • Employee assistance specialist
  • Corporate work and family director
  • Family financial counselor
  • Consumer protection specialist
  • Public relations director
  • Sales and marketing specialist
  • Family business consultant
  • Real estate agent
  • Consultant
  • Writer/editor/journalist
  • Consumer researcher
  • Market researcher
  • Entrepreneur
  • Human resources departments or firms
  • Public relations departments
  • Development offices
  • Your start-up business
  • Corporate daycare
  • Manufacturing industry – products for children and families
  • Newspapers/magazines
  • Consumer service departments/agencies
  • Financial agencies
  • Marketing research agencies

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Higher Education

Professional Areas/Job Titles Employers
  • Academic Advisor
  • Admissions Officer
  • Residential Life
  • Career Services
  • Student Support Services
  • Student Activities
  • Leadership Programs
  • Orientation
  • Off-Campus Services
  • Financial Aid Counselor
  • Greek Affairs Advisor
  • Colleges
  • Universities
  • Other Post-Secondary Institutions
  • Non-Profit Organizations
  • Pre-Collegiate/High School Bridge Programs

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