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Career Opportunities

A variety of career opportunities is available to students who earn an associate degree in Human Development and Family Studies. Working parents, dual-career families, new family structures, and a growing elderly population have increased the demand for professional practitioners who can respond to the increasing needs of each of these segments. The program integrates practical and academic experiences to provide students with entry-level professional competence in one of several human service fields.

Career in One of Two Options

Students choose one of two options:
  1. Children and Youth Services
    The Children and Youth Services Option is designed to prepare students for a variety of service roles in day and residential child and youth care systems, preschools, Head Start centers, and other child and youth service centers.
  2. Adult Development and Aging
    In the Adult Development and Aging Option, students prepare for a variety of service roles in nursing homes, area agencies on aging, senior citizen centers, and other sites for services to the elderly.

Job Titles

Graduates may find employment as a:

  • Social Service Assistant
  • Case Management Aide
  • Social Work Assistant
  • Community Support Worker
  • Alcohol or Drug Abuse Counselor
  • Mental Health Aide
  • Community Outreach Worker
  • Health Program Assistant
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Customer Services Assistant
  • Adult Daycare Assistant
  • Life Skill Assistant
  • Daycare Center Supervisor
  • Gerontology Aide

Job Outlook

According to the U.S. Department of Labor Statistics, opportunities for human service workers and assistants are expected to be excellent. The number of human service workers and assistants is projected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations between 1998 and 2008 - ranking among the most rapidly growing occupations. Opportunities will be best in job training programs, residential care facilities, and private social service agencies, including adult daycare and meal delivery programs. In addition, social and human service workers will be needed to provide services to the homeless, the mentally disabled and developmentally challenged, and those with substance abuse problems