Area

Employer


Area:

Pre-School/Day Care

Sub-Area:
  • Teaching
  • Parent-Child Education
  • Administration:
    • Curriculum Development
    • Training
    • Management
Employers:
  • Private, public, franchise and corporate day care centers
  • Pre-schools
  • Montessori schools
  • Religious organizations
  • Extended school programs
  • Recreation programs
  • Health clubs
  • Private homes
  • Family day care
  • Federal, state and local government:
    • Department of Health and Human Services
    • Head Start

Area:

Education

Sub-Area:
  • Teaching:
    • Early Childhood Education
    • Early Childhood Special Education
    • Home Economics
    • Family and Consumer Sciences
  • Curriculum Development
  • Research
  • Counseling
  • Administration
  • College Student Affairs
Employers:
  • Public and private schools (K-12)
  • Public pre-school programs (Head Start)
  • Private pre-school programs
  • Montessori schools
  • Adult education programs
  • Extension offices
  • Colleges and universities

Area:

Social Services

Sub-Area:
  • Case Management
  • Counseling
  • Advocacy
  • Program Development
  • Community Education
  • Volunteer Coordination
  • Administration
  • Research
  • Evaluation
  • Fundraising
  • Public Relations
  • Grant Writing
Employers:
  • Community centers
  • Youth services agencies/programs
  • Family services agencies/programs (financial, family planning, health and wellness, marriage, vocational, food/housing assistance, military family support)
  • Senior citizens programs
  • Nursing homes
  • Assisted living facilities
  • Rehabilitation organizations
  • Group homes
  • Half-way houses
  • Mediation centers
  • Consulting firms
  • Consumer protection agencies
  • Adoption agencies
  • Federal, state and local government including:
    • Department of Health and Human Services:
      • Administration on Aging
      • Administration for Children and Families
      • Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration
      • Health Resources & Services Administration
    • Department of Veterans Affairs
    • Department of Justice:
      • Probation and parole offices
      • Correctional facilities

Area:

Advocacy

Sub-Area:
  • Domestic and International Advocacy
  • Humanitarian Services, i.e. human rights, family planning, world health, disaster relief
  • Development:
    • Economic
    • Community
    • Housing
  • Policy Development
  • Program Administration
  • Fundraising/Development
  • Volunteer Coordination
  • Grant Writing
Employers:
  • Community action agencies
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Private voluntary organizations
  • Faith based organizations (FBO's) and churches
  • International aid and relief organizations
  • NGO's (Non-governmental Organizations), i.e.
    • Action Aid, Oxfam, International Red Cross
  • Federal government agencies
    • International focus:
      • Peace Corps
      • USAID
      • Foreign Service (State Department)
    • Community assistance focus:
      • Housing and Urban Development
      • Department of Health and Human Services
  • State and local government agencies

Area:

Healthcare

Sub-Area:
  • Hospital Based Family Support/Child Life Services (provide emotional support, educate children and families, identify resources, coordinate events)
  • Health, Nutrition, Safety Education
  • Advocacy
Employers:
  • Hospitals
  • Doctors’ offices
  • Healthcare facilities
  • Specialized camps/schools
  • Hospice programs
  • Funeral homes
  • Social service organizations
  • Public health programs
  • Federal, state and local government including:
    • Department of Health and Human Services:
      • Administration on Aging
      • Administration for Children and Families
      • Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration
      • Health Resources & Services Administration

Area:

Business

Sub-Area:
  • Market Research
  • Product Testing
  • Product Development
  • Management
  • Sales
  • Customer Service
Employers:
  • Manufacturing companies of children's clothes, toys, furniture and food
  • Consumer protection agencies
  • Department and retail stores
  • Social service organizations with business components, i.e. tax assistance, financial planning

Area:

Communications

Sub-Area:
  • Research
  • Curriculum/Resource Development
  • Journalism
  • Writing
  • Editing
  • Public Relations
Employers:
  • Organizations geared toward children and families including:
    • Book publishers
    • Radio and TV stations
    • Newspapers
    • Magazines
    • Social service organizations
    • Manufacturers
    • Consumer protection agencies
    • Professional associations

General Information and Strategies

  • A Bachelor's degree is sufficient for entry-level positions.
  • Advanced degrees are essential for clinical and therapeutic counseling positions.
  • The Child and Family Studies major can serves as preparation for students pursuing advanced training in other areas such as healthcare, i.e. pediatric nursing, family medicine; law, i.e. family law, elder law, child advocacy; and ministry, i.e. youth ministry, pastoral counseling. Research admissions requirements and take pre-requisite courses for programs of interest.
  • A Master's degree or Ph.D. is often needed for administrative and supervisory positions.
  • A Ph.D. is required for most college teaching and advanced research positions.
  • Additional or specialized training qualifies one for higher paying opportunities and positions of greater responsibility.
  • Obtain part-time, summer, internship or volunteer experience in child care, schools, hospitals, camps, or overseas programs or in advocacy or service-oriented programs addressing alcoholism, drug abuse, family violence, aging, poverty, disabilities, etc.
  • Obtain certifi cation for specialized areas including Child Life Specialist or Family Life Educator.