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 Bachelor's 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 Master's 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