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HDF Careers

Professional preparation in HDF results in outstanding success in rates of employment. Health and Human Services continues to rank highly among growth industries nationally. Many of our graduates are now experienced leaders in educational, human service, and clinical settings. Some of the career opportunities available to our graduates include:

  • Family Literacy Programs (example in RI, Even Start)
  • Early Intervention, Parents as Teachers, Families Learning Together
  • Head Start Programs
  • Family Service (example in RI, South Shore Mental Health)
  • Early Childhood Consultant for Curriculum Planning and Training both parents and teachers
  • Hospital settings (example in RI, Child Life)
  • Recreational (example in RI, YMCA Camps, special classes for children)
  • Child and Family Guidance (example in RI, Perspectives)
  • State Services for Children and Families and other casework (example in RI, Department of Children, Youth, and Families)
  • Nursery schools, preschools, and childcare centers as teacher or administrator
  • Research and policy-oriented positions
  • Student Affairs divisions in colleges and universities

Here is a selection of the first jobs some of our recent graduates now have:

  • Drug Counselor, Habit Management Institute, Boston, MA
  • Senior Counselor/Residential Mentor, Child and Family Services of Newport, RI
  • Child Care Worker, Service Centers of New Jersey, Elizabeth, NJ
  • Milieu Counselor, Psychiatric Unit, Boston, MA
  • Academic Advisor, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
  • Child Protective Investigator, Department of Children, Youth and Families, RI
  • Assistant Program Manager, Association for Retarded Citizenís, Newark, NJ
  • Human Resources Coordinator, Corbis, New York, NY
  • Grade 2 Teacher, Public Schools of Robeson County, Robeson City, NC
  • Life Skills Instructor, Datahr Rehabilitation Institute, Brookfield, CT
  • Crisis Advocate, Sex Abuse and Trauma Resource Center for Police Departments in Foster, Smithfield, and Woonsocket, RI
  • Community Development Coordinator, Brandeis University, Boston, MA

Some professions in Human Development and Family Studies require academic work beyond the Bachelor degree for continuing professional work and advancement.

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