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Career Table

The table below is a sampling of the types of career opportunities that await a Human Development and Family Science or Family and Consumer Sciences graduate. For a PDF file of this table, click here

Education 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 Setting
  • Parent Educators
  • Family Peace & Justice Education
  • Children’s Museum Education
  • Marriage & Family Enrichment Facilitators

Community-Based Social Services Employment Opportunities:

  • 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 Employment Opportunities:

  • 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 Employment Opportunities:

  • 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

Research Employment Opportunities:

  • 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 Employment Opportunities:

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

International Education & Development Employment Opportunities:

  • 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 Employment Opportunities:

  • 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 Employment Opportunities:

  • 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 Employment Opportunities:

  • 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.