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Child and Family Studies: What Can I Do With This Degree?

Preschool/Daycare

  • Teaching
  • Administration

Employers

  • Religious organizations
  • Montessori schools
  • Private, public, franchise, and corporate daycare centers
  • Private homes
  • Family daycare
  • Extended school programs
  • Preschools
  • Head Start programs

Information & Strategies

  • Develop physical stamina for working with children.
  • Acquire appropriate certification or licensure for daycare and public school teaching.
  • Obtain experience working with children through volunteering or part-time jobs.
  • Demonstrate patience with children and the ability to work well with people of various backgrounds.
  • Develop strong communications skills to deal effectively with parents.

Community Services

  • Administration
  • Development
  • Programming
  • Research
  • Evaluation

Employers

  • Community centers
  • YMCA or YWCA
  • Consumer protection agencies
  • Summer camp programs
  • Adult daycare providers
  • Hospitals
  • Rehabilitation organizations
  • Religious organizations
  • Adoption agencies

Information & Strategies

  • Seek related work experience, particularly summer camps or special needs areas.
  • Learn to work well with all types of people through volunteer or paid positions.
  • Obtain Child Life Certification for some areas.
  • Develop strong presentation and public speaking skills.
  • Be willing to wear multiple hats within an organization.
  • Learn how to write grants.
  • Develop research and writing skills.

Social Services

  • Case management
  • Counseling
  • Administration

Employers

  • Profit and nonprofit organizations focused on children, youth, families, or senior citizens
  • Adult and child daycare providers
  • Group homes
  • Halfway houses
  • Youth services agencies
  • Senior citizens' programs
  • Foundations and funding organizations

Information & Strategies

  • Supplement curriculum with courses in social work, sociology, or psychology.
  • Obtain a master's degree and appropriate licensure in mental health counseling, social work, or rehabilitation counseling to provide therapy.
  • Earn a graduate degree to obtain most administrative positions.
  • Gain experience through volunteer positions or internships.

Education

  • Teaching: early childhood education, early childhood special education, home economics, family and consumer sciences
  • Curriculum development
  • Research
  • Counseling
  • Administration
  • College student affairs
  • Parent-child education

Employers

  • Public and private schools K-12
  • Public preschool programs (e.g. Head Start)
  • Private preschool programs
  • Montessori schools
  • Adult education programs
  • Colleges and universities
  • Programs servicing children and adults with special needs

Information & Strategies

  • Acquire appropriate certification for public school teaching.
  • Obtain PhD for college and university teaching and research opportunities.
  • Acquire certification for daycare and parent-child education.
  • Obtain graduate degree for counseling, student affairs, and administrative positions.
  • Find part-time or summer jobs working with children.
  • Serve as a tutor, peer mentor, resident assistant, or student advisor.

Medical

  • Childcare programs
  • Education

Employers

  • Hospitals
  • Healthcare facilities
  • Health and wellness agencies
  • Hospices

Information & Strategies

  • Earn a master's degree in social work, counseling, or related areas for most opportunities.
  • Obtain experience in advocacy.
  • Acquire licensing or certification for some areas.
  • Volunteer in a healthcare setting.

Business

  • Management
  • Sales
  • Customer service

Employers

  • Manufacturing companies of children's clothes, toys, furniture, and food
  • Department and retail stores
  • Service organizations

Information & Strategies

  • Minor in business; develop skills in areas such as management, marketing, or sales.
  • Secure leadership positions on campus.
  • Get related experience through internships or part-time jobs.
  • Build computer skills in word processing, database management, and spreadsheet programs.

Communications

  • Journalism
  • Public relations
  • Writing
  • Editing
  • Research

Employers

Organizations geared toward children and family including:
  • Book publishers
  • Professional associations
  • Radio and TV stations
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Manufacturers
  • Newspapers
  • Magazines

Information & Strategies

  • Minor or double major in a communications field.
  • Develop excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Submit articles or books for publication.
  • Work for campus publications or radio stations.
  • Complete internships with related organizations.

Government

  • Social services
  • Rehabilitation
  • Program coordination
  • Research
  • Program evaluation
  • Legislation
  • Advocacy

Employers

  • Federal, state, and local government agencies such as Departments of Health, Education and Welfare, Criminal Justice Departments, Sanitation, Fire/Safety, Nutrition, and Cooperative Extension
  • Vocational rehabilitation
  • Mental health agencies
  • Military childcare programs
  • Overseas childcare and educational programs
  • Health and wellness agencies
  • Women's protective agencies

Information & Strategies

  • Take additional courses in area of interest.
  • Develop strong presentation and public speaking skills.
  • Obtain specialized training for opportunities in protective services or law enforcement.
  • Complete an internship with a government organization.
  • Learn federal, state, and local job application procedures.

General Information

  • Bachelor's degree is sufficient for entry-level positions.
  • Advanced degrees are essential for clinical and therapeutic counseling positions.
  • Master's degree or PhD is often needed for administrative and supervisory positions.
  • PhD 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, overseas programs, or in advocacy or service-oriented programs dealing with alcoholism, drug abuse, family violence, aging, poor, or disabled populations.
  • 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.
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Dr. Rachael Schmale