What You Can Do with Your Degree: Human Development and Family Science

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Professional Opportunities Greet Child and Family Advocates

If you want to support positive development and learning across the lifespan, then human development and family science is the major for you. With the Human Development and Family Science, BS, you gain unlimited career potential that spans private businesses, government agencies, and nonprofit groups.

Many of the professional opportunities in this field fall into three areas: social work, education, and health.

Career Opportunities

Social Work



  • Crisis Counselor
  • Community Health Worker
  • Therapeutic Staff Support Worker
  • Direct Care Staff
  • Residential Counselor
  • Child Life Assistant/Specialist
  • Early Intervention Specialist
  • Child Development Specialist/Screener

Path to Higher Degrees

If you wish, you can continue your education with graduate studies that lead to professions including, but not limited to, juvenile justice, school psychology, counseling, and marriage and family therapy.

  • MS in Child Development
  • PhD in Child Development
  • MEd in School Counseling
  • MA in Community Counseling
  • MA inHuman Resources and Employment Relations
  • MA in Student Affairs in Higher Education
  • MEd in Early Childhood Education
  • MS in Marriage and Family Therapy