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Demand for HDFS expertise

The demand for HDFS graduates is strong because the HDFS major provides students with a valuable foundation for understanding important social trends:

  • The population of older people is growing, and the number of trained persons who can provide help and assistance to them falls far short of the need;
  • Dual-earner and single parent families have become the norm, resulting in the need for more high quality day care;
  • Social problems such as child abuse and drug and alcohol problems affect many individuals and families;
  • Young adults face many social and economic pressures that can lead to problems in work and relationships.

Common jobs for HDFS majors

Many of our graduates go directly to the workplace based on their understanding of people, their knowledge of group dynamics, and their skills in training and in program development and evaluation. Many positions are in human services and health care settings while others are in business and industry:

  • Assisted living, adult day services and nursing homes
  • Day-care centers and preschools
  • Drug and alcohol treatment centers and hospitals
  • Child and domestic abuse centers and runaway shelters
  • Human resources departments of large companies

Pursuing graduate studies

The HDFS major is also excellent preparation for graduate school in the social, behavioral, and health sciences. In recent years, our majors have pursued graduate studies in:

  • Counseling (e.g., school counseling, counseling psychology)
  • Social work
  • Health professions (e.g., nursing, occupational therapy, medicine)
  • Psychology and Human Development & Family Studies
  • Elementary and Secondary Education
  • Law and business

Learn more about HDFS career possbilities.