Liberal Arts & Sciences
Family & Human Development

If you’ve got s soft spot for children and a desire to help families and individuals live their best lives, enrolling in a family and human development program may be the right decision. This program is all about assisting people in the community, so students should be dedicated, trustworthy, and respect confidences in order to succeed in careers related to a family and human development degree.

Course of Study

You can get started in a family and human development career with a Bachelor’s Degree. During the undergraduate period, students are given an overview of topics that may include the care of children from birth through adult, how children develop emotionally and physically into adults, the dynamics of families that have children with disabilities, social issues relevant to college-age kids, what resources and agencies are available to help families, aging issues in adults and how society deals with aging, and counseling techniques.

Obtaining a Master’s Degree is usually required for family and human development majors who want to go into counseling. This program involves both classroom study and field placements, though field placements may also take place during Bachelor’s programs. Depending on your area of interest, your placement may involve observing and interacting with children or working in a private and/or public human services agency.

Continuing education is required in nearly every career associated with family and human development, and individuals who go into counseling positions usually must be licensed before they can practice.

Applying a Family & Human Development Degree

With a degree in family and human development, students can work with people across the lifespan—from newborns through the elderly. The common denominator is that their jobs involve providing or identifying resources to help people improve their quality of life. Some potential careers include day care worker; human resources specialist; social worker; social service assistant; and counselor in areas like family, marriage, addiction, behavior disorder, and others. With these careers, you may work in a group practice, start your own business, work in a public health or governmental agency, in a children’s center, or with a not-for-profit organization.

Job Prospects

There will always be a need for social workers and daycare providers, as children are a perpetually booming business. Counseling, too, will continue to grow over the next eight years, with a projected 15 to 20 percent increase across all specialties. The areas expected to grow most are mental health (nearly 25 percent), addiction and behavioral disorders (more than 20 percent), and rehabilitation (about 20 percent). Like many other professions, salaries for family and human development workers don’t necessarily align with the amount of work put in. School and marriage/family counselors typically earn the most ($45,000 to $50,000), while rehabilitation counselors earn the least (around $30,000).

Schools That Offer This Program:
Strayer University
Trumbull Business College
Grantham University
Grantham University
Grantham University
Florida Career College
Florida Career College
The University of Southern California
New England Institute of Technology
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Brown Mackie College
South University
The Art Institutes
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Bryant & Stratton College
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Landsdale School of Business
Southern New Hampshire University
Southern New Hampshire University
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