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Guide to HDF Jobs and Careers


 

Social and Human Services

Professional Areas/Job Titles

Employers

  • Case manager
  • Community organizer
  • Counselor
  • Family support worker
  • Activity/reaction director
  • Administrator
  • Advocate
  • Grant writer
  • Development officer
  • Researcher
  • Government, non-profit and for-profit agencies designed to serve children, youth, families, seniors, and communities
  • Child welfare/foster care and adoption agencies
  • Maternal health agencies
  • Hospitals, home health, long-term care agencies
  • Military family support services
  • Juvenile service agencies
  • Substance abuse prevention programs
  • Criminal justice settings
  • Domestic violence shelters
  • Child and adult protective services
  • Peace Corps
  • Senior day program centers
  • Offices of aging
  • Vocational rehabilitation/job training agencies
  • Research institutes

Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT)

Professional Areas/Job Titles

Employers

  • All of the above, as MFT licensed level
  • Psychotherapist with individuals, couples, families and groups
  • Clinical case manager
  • Psychosocial skills trainer
  • Supervisor/manager of therapy/treatment program
  • Program developer
  • Researcher
  • Program evaluator
  • All of the above, at MFT levels
  • Social service agencies (public and private)
  • Mental health centers
  • Schools
  • Hospitals, clinics, hospice
  • Child welfare agencies
  • Adoption agencies
  • Policy and advocacy organizations
  • Employee Assistance Programs
  • Private practice

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Community Services

Professional Areas/Job Titles

Employers

  • Counselor
  • Parent educator
  • Youth development worker
  • Sexuality educator
  • Crisis/hotline worker
  • Program administrator/director
  • Grant-writer
  • Development officer
  • Program evaluator and researcher (MA/MSW or PhD)
  • Clergy, pastoral care
  • Community centers
  • YWCA, YMCA
  • Summer camp programs
  • Clubs and classes for children
  • Programs for people with special needs.
  • Family support centers
  • Parenting education programs
  • Cooperative Extension
  • Local governments
  • Jobs programs
  • Churches/synagogues/faith-based organizations

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Education

Professional Areas/Job Titles

Employers

  • Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE)
  • Teacher-early childhood (BS with certification), high school (BA with certification), or higher education (MA/MS or PhD)
  • Administrator
  • Advocate/policy analyst
  • After school program director
  • Program evaluator
  • Curriculum developer
  • School counselor (MA/MS)
  • Family support counselor for parents of children with special needs
  • Family resource coordinator
  • Educational research (PhD)
  • Child care centers
  • Child development centers
  • Head Start programs
  • Family daycare
  • After school tutoring/social-emotional skills programs
  • School-based programs
  • Parenting, family life education, and outreach programs
  • Marriage and family enrichment programs
  • Cooperative Extension
  • Health and wellness prevention settings
  • Americorps/Peace Corps
  • Religious institutions

 

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Policy

Professional Areas/Job Titles

Employers

  • Family policy analyst
  • Researcher
  • Lobbyist/advocate
  • Legislator
  • At all levels of government: Departments of health, Education, Human Services, Nutrition, Occupational and Human Safety, Immigration Services, etc.
  • Nonprofit child/family research/advocacy organizations
  • Policy “think tanks”
  • State legislature
  • International organizations
  • Non-governmental organizations (NGOs)
  • Human rights organizations

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Law

Professional Areas/Job Titles

Employers

  • Lawyer (J.D.)/graduate degree
  • Advocate, child/family
  • Lobbyist
  • Politician
  • Mediator
  • Policy analyst
  • Researcher
  • Divorce/other mediation programs
  • Domestic violence organizations
  • Child & Adult Protective Services, legal representation
  • Victim/witness support services
  • Legal aide agencies
  • Lawyers’ office
  • District attorney’s office
  • Capitol Hill
  • Legislative advocacy groups
  • Senate or House of Representatives
  • Consumer safety organizations

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Communications and Business

Professional Areas/Job Titles

Employers

  • Human resource specialist
  • Employee assistance specialist
  • Corporate work and family director
  • Family financial counselor
  • Consumer protection specialist
  • Public relations director
  • Sales and marketing specialist
  • Family business consultant
  • Real estate agent
  • Consultant
  • Writer/editor/journalist
  • Consumer researcher
  • Market researcher
  • Entrepreneur
  • Human resources departments or firms
  • Public relations departments
  • Development offices
  • Your start-up business
  • Corporate daycare
  • Manufacturing industry - products for children and families
  • Newspapers/magazines
  • Consumer service departments/agencies
  • Financial agencies
  • Marketing research agencies

 

 

 

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Higher Education

Professional Areas/Job Titles

Employers

  • Academic Advisor
  • Admissions Officer
  • Residential Life
  • Career Services
  • Student Support Services
  • Student Activities
  • Leadership Programs
  • Orientation
  • Off-Campus Services
  • Financial Aid Counselor
  • Greek Affairs Advisor
  • Colleges
  • Universities
  • Other Post-Secondary Institutions
  • Non-Profit Organizations
  • Pre-Collegiate/High School Bridge Programs

 

 

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