Part of the HDFS mission is to prepare students to work in a wide variety of settings and with a broad range of individuals and families. Regardless of specialization area, the curriculum is designed to provide students with foundational knowledge about child, adolescent, and/or adult development as well as the interpersonal connections that bring meaning to family life.
This broad approach prepares students for careers in nonprofit agencies, schools, hospitals, human services organizations, and community centers. While some students pursue a graduate degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, Social Work, Education, or Guidance Counseling, others begin their careers by working in the community.
In addition to the list of possible careers in HDFS provided below, you can click on the booklet to the right information about careers from the National Council on Family Relations. It explains different careers in HDFS, includes career profiles of working professionals, and illustrates ways to capitalize on your college experiences (e.g., coursework, volunteer experiences, internships, study abroad experiences) to forge a career path in the field.