Career Opportunities

The American family has changed drastically in the past 30 years. New family forms - such as dual career families, single parent families, and stepfamilies - have created changed roles and new demands. They also have created new careers for persons with expertise in the area of Family Studies. Here are some of the new and growing career options.

 

Setting

Employment Opportunities

Business, Consumer & Family Resources Services

Employee Assistance Specialist

 

Corporate Day Care Administrator

 

Consumer Protection Agencies

 

Family Financial Counseling & Planning

 

Family Resource Management

 

Food Assistance Programs

 

Child and Family Poverty Research

 

Research on Work and Families

 

Family Business Consultant

 

 

Community-Based Social Services

Youth Development Programs

 

Adoption Agencies

 

Foster Care Programs

 

Teen Pregnancy Counselor

 

Family Preservation Worker

 

Welfare Assistance for Low-Income Families

 

Vocational Rehabilitation & Job Training

 

Adult Day Care Providers

 

Gerontology Programs

 

 

Early Childhood Education

Day Care Centers

 

Head Start Programs

 

Montessori Schools

 

Child Development Consultant

 

 

Education

Public School Teaching in Family Sciences (Certification)

 

University Teaching & Research in Family Science Departments

 

Family Life Education

 

Sexuality Education

 

Programs in Parish & Community Settings

 

Parent Educators

 

Family Peace & Justice Education

 

Children's Museum Education

 

Marriage & Family Enrichment Facilitators

 

 

Faith Based Organizations

Clergy

 

Family Mentor

 

Family Life Educator

 

Parent Educator

 

Youth Worker

 

 

Family Intervention

Individual & Family Therapy

 

Case Manager for Family Treatment Plans>

 

Crisis & Hotline Services

 

Court-Mandated Parent Education Programs

 

Divorce Mediation

 

Abuse Protection Services

 

Drug & Alcohol Prevention Counselors

 

Residential Treatment Programs

 

Victim/Witness Support Services

 

 

Government & Public Policy

Family Policy Analyst

 

Advocate/Lobbyist on Behalf of Children, Women, & Family Well-Being

 

Cooperative Extension Specialist

 

Military Family Support Services

 

Departments of Child & Family Services

 

 

Health Care & Family Wellness

Public Health Programs & Services

 

Hospital Family Support Professionals

 

Nutrition Education & Counseling

 

Prenatal and Maternity Services

 

Holistic Health Centers

 

Long-Term Care Administrator

 

Hospice Programs

 

 

International Education & Development

International Family Policy Analyst

 

Peace Corps and NGO Leadership

 

Global Family Planning Programs

 

Community & Sustainable Development

 

International Human Rights Advocacy

 

Immigration & Migrant Families Services

 

 

Research

Grant Proposal Writing

 

Academic and Government-Related Research in Family Science Content Areas

 

Population Studies & Demographic Research

 

Community-Based Research for Non-Profit Family Agencies

 

Program Evaluation & Assessment

 

 

Writing & Communication

Curriculum & Resource Development in Family Life Education

 

Public Service Radio and TV Programming

 

Newspaper & Magazine Journalism on Social Issues Affecting Children and Families

Reprinted with permission of the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) (2004). Family Science: Professional Development and Career Opportunities