Careers

Many opportunities are available to students who earn a bachelor’s degree in Human Development because our students are well-prepared to work with people of all ages, and from diverse cultural, ethnic, gender, socioeconomic, and religious backgrounds. The HD major introduces students to a broad understanding of human experience and behavior, and prepares students for a variety of careers in areas such as teaching, educational leadership, social work, health care, counseling, mental health, law and law enforcement, or organizational work in community or corporate settings. Check out careers by category, or jump to the career forecast (anticipated growth rates, salary) for select careers. The possibilities are endless!

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The demand in the job market for people with a Human Development degree is stimulated by a growing need for skills associated with a liberal arts education. “According to studies from the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), employers often rank skills such as critical thinking and communication—hallmarks of liberal arts training—above technical aptitude as essential for career readiness. Liberal arts study helps students develop strong foundational competencies,” says Paul Timmins, director of career services for the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. “It gives them tools to succeed beyond their first job.”” (From the US Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics Career Outlook website) Some of the careers listed below require no, or minimal additional education beyond the bachelor’s degree, other careers require additional work experience or education.  

Advocacy

Guardian Ad Litem

Political Organizer

Political Analyst

Consumer Protection Staff/Agent

Employee Assistance Program Staff

Family Policy Advocate

Advocate Case Manager

Victim Advocate

Education

Head Start Programs

Childcare Centers

Afterschool programming

Teacher’s Aid

Registered Behavior Technician

Academic Tutor

Teacher 

Health or Nutrition Educator

Gerontology & Eldercare

Elder Care Provider

Bereavement Coordinator

Assisted Living Program Director

Senior Housing Service Director

Senior Center Activities Coordinator

Retirement Community Director

Senior Advocate

Children & Families

Certified Family Life Educator

Family Intervention Specialist

Individual and Family Support Services

Family Services Advocate

Adoption Specialist

Military Family Support Specialist

Hospital-based Family Support staff

Public Health

Recreational Therapist

Health Services Analyst

Grants Management

Health Outreach Worker

Environmental Health Specialist

Community Care Coordinator

Child Life Specialist

Food Assistance Specialist

Social Services

Veterans Service Officer

Crisis Hotline Services

Addictions Counselor

Child Welfare Specialist

Domestic Violence Counselor

Social Worker

Community Organizer

Group Home Worker

Independent Living Specialist

Career Forecast

The data listed below were obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA). Click on the O*NET link to search for careers not listed below, or click on a link below to obtain detailed information about the specific career, including: tasks, skills, knowledge, abilities necessary for success; typical work activities, styles and context; related occupations; and wages/employment trends. You can also use the O*NET site look for jobs based on ‘career cluster’ (occupations in the same field that require similar skills, like Human Services or Education and Training), ‘job family’ (occupations grouped together based on work performed, skills, education, training, and credentials), or ‘job zone’ (occupations organized by level of preparation needed) to search for jobs that utilize your interests, experience, skills, knowledge or work style. Check it out!   

Career Growth Median Annual Salary
(nationwide/CA)
Speech-Language Pathologist  15% (much faster than average) $76,610/$92,810
Addictions Counselor  15% (much faster than average) $46,740/$42,640
Human/Social Services Assistant  15% (much faster than average) $33,120/$40,450
Guidance/School Counselor  10-14% (faster than average) $55,410/$62,790
Health Educator  15% (much faster than average) $53,940/$54,780
Recreational Therapist 5-9% (average) $47,680/$71,380

 

occupations are expected to grow rapidly in the next several years, or will have large numbers of job openings

occupations will likely change as a result of the green economy. Green economy activities and technologies are increasing the demand for occupations, shaping the work and worker requirements needed for occupational performance, or generating new and emerging occupations