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Career Possibilities

Child Development (BS)

The Child Development major prepares you for a variety of different jobs.  The following list is not comprehensive and one should always remember that job searching takes a lot more work than simply picking from a list.  Jobs in this field are being created frequently and there is no end to how one can be effective in this field.  Many careers require further training, certification, and education as listed below.

  Possible Careers with a Bachelors Degree

  • Work with Adoption Programs (e.g. LDS Family Services)
  • At-risk Child and Youth Counselor
  • Preschool (in-home)
  • Preschool (institution)
  • After-School Program Director
  • Extension Agent: Family Services
  • Children's Museum Curator
  • Children's Dance Instructor/Dance Therapy (may require more education)

Possible Careers with a BS and certification

  • Certified Family Life Educator
  • Developmental Specialist
  • Parents as Teachers
  • Child Life Specialist
  • Intensive Behavioral Interventionist
  • Kindergarten teacher (depends on state)
  • Child Birthing Educator 

Possible Careers Requiring a Masters Degree

  • Social Worker (e.g. Child & Family Services)
  • Speech Pathologist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Marriage and Family Therapist
  • Librarian for Children and Youth
  • Child Literacy Specialist
  • Art/Music Therapist
  • Play Therapist

Marriage and Family Studies (BS)

Because the marriage and family studies major is fairly new our list of career opportunities is small.  The following list is not all inclusive of what you are able to do after earning your degree.  Diligent searching is always required for a job that meets your career goals and educational focus.

Possible Careers with a Bachelors Degree

  • Shelter homes
  • Drug and alcohol centers (as an assistant)
  • Residential treatment homes for adolescents
  • Victim/witness support services (CASA, often on a volunteer basis)
  • Adult developmental disability services
  • Foster care programs
  • After-school program directors
  • Recreational specialists in treatment facilities
  • Nursing home activities coordinator
  • Child care protective services
  • Family resource center 
  • Psychosocial rehabilitation specialist (PSR)

Possible Careers Requiring a Masters Degree

  • Social work
  • Counseling
  • Educational psychology (working in public schools)
  • Marriage and family therapy
  • Community counseling
  • School counseling
  • Rehabilitative counseling
  • Family studies (more emphasis on teaching and education)
  • Human development and social policy (available at University of Utah)