SCHOOL OF SOCIAL AND FAMILY DYNAMICS
What can I do with a degree in: FAMILY AND HUMAN DEVELOPMENT
AREAS EMPLOYERS STRATEGIES
PRE-SCHOOL/DAY CARE Religious organizations Develop physical stamina for working
Teaching Montessori schools with children.
Administration Private, public, franchise, and corporate day Acquire appropriate certification or
care centers licensure for day care and public school
Private homes teaching.
Family day care Obtain experience working with children
Extended school programs through volunteering or part-time jobs.
Preschools Demonstrate patience with children and
Head Start programs the ability to work well with people of
Develop strong communications skills to
deal effectively with parents.
COMMUNITY SERVICES Community centers Seek related work experience; particularly
Administration YMCA or YWCA summer camps or special needs areas.
Development Consumer protection agencies Learn to work well with all types of people
Programming Summer camp programs through volunteer or paid positions.
Research Adult day care providers Obtain Child Life Certification for some
Evaluation Hospitals areas.
Rehabilitation organizations Develop strong presentation and public
Religious organizations speaking skills.
Adoption agencies Be willing to wear multiple hats within an
Learn how to write grants.
Develop research and writing skills.
SOCIAL SERVICES Profit and nonprofit organizations focused Supplement curriculum with courses in
Case Management on children, youth, families, or senior social work, sociology, or psychology.
Counseling citizens Obtain a master's degree and appropriate
Administration Adult and child day care providers licensure in mental health counseling,
Group homes social work, or rehabilitation counseling to
Half-way houses provide therapy.
Youth services agencies Earn a graduate degree to obtain most
Senior citizens' programs administrative positions.
Foundations and funding organizations Gain experience through volunteer
positions or internships.
EDUCATION Public and private schools (K-12) Acquire appropriate certification for public
Teaching Public preschool programs (e.g., Head school teaching.
Early Childhood Education Start) Obtain Ph.D. for college and university
Early Childhood Special Private preschool programs teaching and research opportunities.
Education Montessori schools Acquire certification for day care and
Home Economics Adult education programs parent-child education.
Family and Consumer Colleges and universities Obtain graduate degree for counseling,
Programs servicing children and adults with student affairs, and administrative
Curriculum Development positions.
Research Find part-time or summer jobs working
Counseling with children.
Administration Serve as a tutor, peer mentor, resident
College Student Affairs assistant or student advisor.
AREAS EMPLOYERS STRATEGIES
MEDICAL Hospitals Earn a master's degree in Social Work,
Child Care Programs Healthcare facilities Counseling, or related areas for the most
Education Health and wellness agencies opportunities.
Hospices Obtain experience in advocacy.
Acquire licensing or certification for some
Volunteer in a healthcare setting.
BUSINESS Manufacturing companies of children's Minor in business; develop skills in areas
Management clothes, toys, furniture, and food such as management, marketing or sales.
Sales Department and retail stores Service Secure leadership positions on campus.
Customer Service organizations Get related experience through internships
or part-time jobs.
Build computer skills in word processing,
database management, and spreadsheet
COMMUNICATIONS Organizations geared toward children and Minor or double major in a
Journalism family including: communications field.
Public Relations o Book publishers, Develop excellent communication skills,
Writing o Professional associations, both written and verbal.
Editing o Radio and TV stations, Submit articles or books for publication.
Research o Nonprofit organizations, Work for campus publications or radio
o Manufacturers, stations.
o Newspapers, and Magazines Complete internships with related
GOVERNMENT Federal, state and local government Take additional courses in area of interest.
Social Services agencies (i.e., Departments of Health, Develop strong presentation and public
Rehabilitation Education and Welfare, Criminal Justice speaking skills.
Program Coordination Departments, Sanitation, Fire/Safety, Obtain specialized training for
Research Nutrition, and Cooperative Extension) opportunities in protective services or law
Program Evaluation Vocational rehabilitation enforcement.
Legislation Mental health agencies Complete an internship with a government
Advocacy Military child care programs organization.
Overseas child care and education programs Learn federal, state, and local job
Health and wellness agencies application procedures.
Women's protective agencies
Bachelor's degree is sufficient for entry-level positions.
Advanced degrees are essential for clinical and therapeutic counseling positions.
Master's degree or Ph.D. is often needed for administrative and supervisory positions.
Ph.D. is required for college teaching and advanced research positions.
Additional or specialized training qualifies one for higher paying 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 dealing with alcoholism, drug abuse, family violence, aging, poor, or disabled
Obtain certification in CPR, safety, and first aid for adults, children, and infants.
Develop interest and gain experience in computers, arts, crafts, music, or physical activity.
Obtain certification for specialized areas including Child Life Specialist or Child Advocacy.
Prepared by the Career Planning staff of Career Services at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. (2005)
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