HDFS graduates


uniquely qualified for careers helping others, contributing to society, and making differences in the lives of individuals and families

HDFS graduates are adept in helping children thrive through social and emotional skills development, providing comfort and care to aging adults, and honoring diversity among individuals, families, and communities.

There are multiple career options for HDFS graduates. Graduates can be employed in various public service fields, hospital (Child Life) or school settings, or choose to continue their education through HDFS graduate or professional school.

Start as an HDFS major for careers in:


  • Childcare Centers/Preschools
  • Children's Museum Education
  • Early Childhood Education Consultant or Regulator/Investigator
  • Extension with a Focus on Youth or Families
  • Family Life Education
  • Parent Education


  • Behavioral Technician 
  • Child Life Specialist
  • Children's Mental Health Child and Youth Assessment Services
  • Early Intervention Specialist
  • Public Health Programs & Services
  • Hospice/Palliative Care


  • App Development
  • Childcare Center Director
  • Family Life Coach
  • Social Media Influencer

Community-Based Social Services

  • Adoption Agencies
  • Court Advocate
  • Gerontology Programs
  • Immigration and Migrant Family Services
  • Prevention and Early Intervention Services
  • Teen Pregnancy Prevention & Assistance
  • Youth Development Programs 

Path to Higher Education - continue your education with graduate studies in programs like those listed below