Multiple Career Pathways: HDFS is one degree with many different career pathways, where students are prepared to work in a variety of diverse settings (e.g. family and community-based social services, prevention, nonprofit administration, family and community intervention).

  • Family and Community Services (e.g., family/parent education, violence prevention & intervention, daycare/preschool/Head Start, adult day services, senior centers)
  • Nonprofit Administration (e.g., mentoring programs, after-school programs, youth organizations, advocacy, grantwriting/fundraising)
  • Government Agencies (e.g., Jobs and Family Services, Department of Aging)
  • Business & Industry (e.g., employee assistance, human resources, employee wellness programs, vocational guidance, work/life balance)

Graduate Study: HDFS is also excellent preparation for graduate study, particularly in fields like Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy, Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling, School Counseling, School Psychology, and Early Intervention.

Support for Career Exploration: The program provides guidance and support related to career exploration and development from the beginning of the program all the way through graduation through an introductory course that exposes students to the diverse career opportunities in HDFS all the way through to a professional development course that helps students transition from student to professional.