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Human Development and Family Science

Career Table


The table below is a sampling of the types of career opportunities that await a family science graduate. For a PDF file of this table, click here


Career Area

Employment Opportunities


Career Area

Employment Opportunities


-Public School Teaching in Family & Consumer Sciences (Certification)
-University Teaching & Research in Family Science Departments
-Family Life and Sexuality Education Programs in Parish & Community SettingS
-Parent Educators
-Family Peace & Justice Education
-Children’s Museum Education
-Marriage & Family Enrichment Facilitators


Community-Based Social Services


-Adoption Agencies
-Foster Care Programs
-Teen Pregnancy Counselor
-Family Preservation Worker
-Welfare Assistance for Low-Income Families
-Vocational Rehabilitation & Job Training
-Adult Day Care Providers
-Gerontology Programs


Business, Consumer & Family Resources Services

-Employee Assistance Specialist
-Corporate Day Care Administrator
-Consumer Protection Agencies
-Family Financial Counseling & Planning
-Family Resource Management
-Food Assistance Programs
-Child and Family Poverty Research
-Research on Work and Families
-Family Business Consultant


Government & Public Policy

-Family Policy Analyst
-Advocate/Lobbyist on Behalf of Children, Women & Family Well-Being
-Cooperative Extension Specialist
-Aid to Dependent Children
-Military Family Support Services
-Department of Child & Family Services


-Grant Proposal Writing
-Academic and Government-Related Research in Family Science Content Areas
-Population Studies & Demographic Research
-Community-Based Research for Non-Profit Family Agencies
-Program Evaluation & Assessment


Health Care & Family Wellness

-Public Health Programs & Services
-Hospital Family Support Professionals
-Nutrition Education & Counseling
-Prenatal and Maternity Services
-Holistic Health Centers
-Long-Term Care Administrator
-Hospice Programs

International Education & Development

-International Family Policy Analyst
-Peace Corps and NGO Leadership
-Global Family Planning Programs
-Community & Sustainable Development
-International Human Rights Advocacy
-Immigration & Migrant Families Services
-Cross-Cultural Family Studies Programs


Writing & Communication

-Curriculum & Resource Development in Family Life Education
-Public Service Radio and TV Programming
-Newspaper & Magazine Journalism on Social Issues Affecting Children and Families

Family Intervention

-Individual & Family Therapy
-Case Manager for Family Treatment Plans
-Crisis & Hotline Services
-Court-Mandated Parent Education Programs
-Divorce Mediation
-Abuse Protection Services
-Drug & Alcohol Prevention Counselors
-Residential Treatment Programs
-Victim/Witness Support Services


Early Childhood Education

-Day Care Centers
-Head Start Programs
-Montessori Schools
-Child Development Consultant

From Hollinger, M.A. (2002). Family science: Historical roots, theoretical foundations, and disciplinary identity. Journal of Teaching Marriage and Family, 2, 299-328.

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