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Students in the College of Health and Human Development pursue careers in a wide variety of settings - from business to education to healthcare. Discover some of the many opportunities listed by setting below.

*Please note that some positions may require additional training or an advanced degree.

Business and Industry Careers icon-olus-circle

General and Operations Managers 

Plan, direct, or coordinate the operations of public or private sector organizations. More job details

Working titles such as Business Manager, Facility Manager, General Manager, Operations Director, Production Manager, Store Manager

Medical and Health Services Managers

Plan, direct, or coordinate medical and health services in hospitals, clinics, managed care organizations, public health agencies, or similar organizations. More job details

Working titles such as Clinical Director, Director of Nursing, Health Service Manager, Medical Records Manager, Nutrition Services Manager, Practice Administrator, Program Manager

Watch videos about Penn State HHD alumni working in this field:

Business Analysts

Produce financial and market intelligence by querying data repositories and generating periodic reports. More job details

Working titles such as Business Intelligence Analyst, Consultant, Director of Enterprise Strategy, Director of Market Intelligence, Global Intelligence

Regulatory Affairs Managers

Plan, direct, or coordinate production activities of an organization to ensure compliance with regulations and standard operating procedures. More job details

Working titles such as Global Regulatory Affairs Director (Global RA Director), Global Regulatory Affairs Manager (Global RA Manager), Regulatory Affairs Director (RA Director), Regulatory Affairs Manager (RA Manager), Regulatory Director

Watch a video about a Penn State HHD alumna who is working as a scientific and regulatory affairs manager

Community and Social Services Careers icon-olus-circle

Counselors

Counsel with emphasis on prevention. Work with individuals and groups to promote optimum mental and emotional health. More job details

Working titles such as Behavior Support Specialist, Case Manager, Clinician, Counselor, Mental Health Specialist, Therapist

Social Workers

Provide social services and assistance to improve the social and psychological functioning of people, including families, children, and more. More job details 

Working titles such as Case Manager, Case Worker, Child Protective Services Social Worker, Family Protection Specialist

Community Health Workers

Assist individuals and communities to adopt healthy behaviors. Conduct outreach for medical personnel or health organizations to implement programs in the community that promote, maintain, and improve individual and community health. More job details

Working titles such as Assistant Director of Wellness Programs, Chief Program Officer, Community Health Program Coordinator, Community Health Promoter, Community Health Worker

Dietitians and Nutritionists

Plan and conduct food service or nutritional programs to assist in the promotion of health and control of disease. May supervise activities of a department providing quantity food services, counsel individuals, or conduct nutritional research. More job details. 

Working titles such as Clinical Dietitian, Food Service Supervisor, Dietary Manager, Dietitian, Nutritionist, Registered Dietitian

Watch a video about a Penn State HHD alumna who is working as a retail registered dietitian. 
Watch a video about a Penn State HHD alumna who is working as a registered dietitian, speaker, and author. 

Education and Teaching Careers icon-olus-circle

Teachers

Teach students basic academic, social, and other formative skills in public or private schools at the preschool or  K-12 level. More job details: (preschool); (elementary); (secondary)

Working titles such as Early Childhood Teacher, Elementary Teacher, Preschool Teacher, Secondary Teacher, Teacher

Health Educators

Provide and manage health education programs that help individuals, families, and their communities maximize and maintain healthy lifestyles. More job details

Child Development Specialist, Clinical Instructor, Community Health Education Coordinator, Health Educator, Health Promotion Specialist, Public Health Educator

 

Fitness and Wellness Careers icon-olus-circle

Fitness and Wellness Coordinators

Manage or coordinate fitness and wellness programs and services. Manage and train staff of wellness specialists, health educators, or fitness instructors. More job details

Working titles such as Chief Wellness Officer, Fitness and Wellness Director, Fitness Coordinator, Fitness Supervisor, Recreational Sports Director

Fitness Trainers

Instruct or coach groups or individuals in exercise activities. Demonstrate techniques and form, observe participants, and explain to them corrective measures necessary to improve their skills. More job details

Working titles such as Aerobics Instructor, Fitness Coordinator, Fitness Director, Fitness Instructor, Fitness Specialist, Fitness Trainer, Personal Trainer

Watch a video about a Penn State HHD alumnus who is working as a personal trainer and owner of a fitness facility. 

Athletic Trainers

Evaluate and advise individuals to assist recovery from or avoid athletic-related injuries or illnesses, or maintain peak physical fitness. May provide first aid or emergency care. More job details

Working titles such as Athletic Instructor, Athletic Trainer, Certified Athletic Trainer, Clinical Instructor, Strength Coach, Sports Medicine Coordinator

General and Operations Managers

Plan, direct, or coordinate the operations of public or private sector organizations. More job details

Working titles such as Business Manager, Facility Manager, General Manager, Operations Director, Plant Manager, Production Manager, Store Manager

Dietitians and Nutritionists

Plan and conduct food service or nutritional programs to assist in the promotion of health and control of disease. May supervise activities of a department providing quantity food services, counsel individuals, or conduct nutritional research. More job details

Working titles such as Clinical Dietitian, Food Service Supervisor, Dietary Manager, Dietitian, Nutritionist, Registered Dietitian

Watch a video about a Penn State HHD alumna who is working as a retail registered dietitian. 
Watch a video about a Penn State HHD alumna who is working as a registered dietitian, speaker, and author. 

Food Industry and Foodservice Careers icon-olus-circle

Foodservice Managers

Plan, direct, or coordinate activities of an organization or department that serves food and beverages. More job details

Working titles such as Banquet Manager, Catering Manager, Director of Food and Beverage, Food and Beverage Manager, Food Service Director, Food Service Manager, Food Service Supervisor, Kitchen Manager, Restaurant General Manager, Restaurant Manager

Food Scientists and Technicians

Use chemistry, microbiology, engineering, and other sciences to study the principles underlying the processing and deterioration of foods; analyze food content to determine levels of vitamins, fat, sugar, and protein. More job details

Working titles such as Food Scientist, Food Technologist, Product Development Manager, Product Development, Quality Assurance Manager, Research and Development Director

Government, Non-Profit, and Policymaking Careers icon-olus-circle

Legislators

Develop, introduce, or enact laws and statutes at the local, tribal, State, or Federal level. More job details

Working titles such as Administrator, Deputy, Representative, Council Member, Lawmaker, Senator

Business Analysts

Produce financial and market intelligence by querying data repositories and generating periodic reports. More job details

Working titles such as Business Intelligence Analyst, Consultant, Director of Enterprise Strategy, Director of Market Intelligence, Global Intelligence

Social and Community Services Managers 

Plan, direct, or coordinate the activities of a social service program or community outreach organization. Oversee the program or organization's budget and policies regarding participant involvement, program requirements, and benefits. Work may involve directing social workers, counselors, or probation officers. More job details

Working titles such as Adoption Services Manager, Child Welfare Services Director, Clinical Services Director, Community Services Director, Social Services Director, Transitional Care Director, Vocational Rehabilitation Administrator

Health and Medicine Careers icon-olus-circle

Family and General Practitioners

Physicians who diagnose, treat, and help prevent diseases and injuries that commonly occur in the general population. More job details

Working titles such as Family Physician, Family Practice Doctor, Family Practitioner, Medical Doctor (MD), Medical Staff Physician, Primary Care Physician

Watch a video about a Penn State HHD alumnus who is working as a resident physician and flight surgeon. 
Watch a video about a Penn State HHD alumnus who is working as a professor of family and community medicine. 

Physician Assistants

Provide healthcare services typically performed by a physician, under the supervision of a physician. More job details

Working titles such as Certified Physician Assistant, Clinical Physician Assistant

Physical Therapists

Assess, plan, organize, and participate in rehabilitative programs that improve mobility, relieve pain, increase strength, and improve or correct disabling conditions resulting from disease or injury. More job details

Working titles such as Chief Physical Therapist; Home Care Physical Therapist; Outpatient Physical Therapist; Director of Rehabilitation; Registered Physical Therapist (RPT); Rehabilitation Services Director

Watch a video about a Penn State HHD alumnus who is working as a physical therapist.

Occupational Therapists

Assess, plan, organize, and participate in rehabilitative programs that help build or restore vocational, homemaking, and daily living skills, as well as general independence, to persons with disabilities or developmental delays. More job details

Watch a video about a Penn State HHD alumna who is working as a pediatric occupational therapist. 

Exercise Physiologists

Assess, plan, or implement fitness programs that include exercise or physical activities such as those designed to improve cardiorespiratory function, body composition, muscular strength, muscular endurance, or flexibility. More job details

Working titles such as Cardiac Rehabilitation Program Director, Clinical Coordinator, Clinical Exercise Physiologist, Clinical Exercise Specialist, Exercise Physiologist

Athletic Trainers

Evaluate and advise individuals to assist recovery from or avoid athletic-related injuries or illnesses, or maintain peak physical fitness. May provide first aid or emergency care. More job details

Working titles such as Athletic Instructor, Athletic Trainer, Certified Athletic Trainer, Clinical Instructor, Strength Coach, Sports Medicine Coordinator

Speech-Language Pathologists

Assess and treat persons with speech, language, voice, and fluency disorders and perform research related to speech and language problems. More job details

Working titles such as Communication Specialist, Speech and Language Clinician, Speech and Language Specialist, Speech Pathologist, Speech Therapist

Watch videos about Penn State HHD alumni who are working as speech-language pathologists in different settings:

intermediate unit: preschool
school district
hospital
rehab facility (1); rehab facility (2); rehab facility (3)
multiple settings

Audiologists

Assess and treat persons with hearing and related disorders. More job details

Working titles such as Audiology Director, Audiology Doctor (AUD), Clinical Audiologist, Doctor of Audiology

Dietitians and Nutritionists

Plan and conduct food service or nutritional programs to assist in the promotion of health and control of disease. May supervise activities of a department providing quantity food services, counsel individuals, or conduct nutritional research. More job details

Working titles such as Clinical Dietitian, Food Service Supervisor, Dietary Manager, Dietitian, Nutritionist, Registered Dietitian

Watch a video about a Penn State HHD alumna who is working as a retail registered dietitian. 
Watch a video about a Penn State HHD alumna who is working as a registered dietitian, speaker, and author. 

Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians

Perform routine medical laboratory tests for the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease. More job details

Working titles such as Clinical Laboratory Scientist, Laboratory Assistant, Laboratory Supervisor, Medical Technician

Patient Representatives

Assist patients in obtaining services, understanding policies and making health care decisions. More job details

Working titles such as Admissions Coordinator, Case Manager, Medicaid Service Coordinator, Patient Access Specialist, Patient Advocate, Patient Representative, Service Coordinator

Genetic Counselors

Assess individual or family risk for a variety of inherited conditions, such as genetic disorders and birth defects. Provide information to other healthcare providers or to individuals and families concerned with the risk of inherited conditions. Advise individuals and families to support informed decisionmaking and coping methods for those at risk. More job details

Working titles such as Certified Genetic Counselor; Clinical Coordinator, Pediatric Genetics; Coordinator of Genetic Services; Genetic Counselor

Watch a video about a Penn State HHD alumna who is working as a genetic counselor.

Health Educators

Provide and manage health education programs that help individuals, families, and their communities maximize and maintain healthy lifestyles. More job details

Child Development Specialist, Clinical Instructor, Community Health Education Coordinator, Health Educator, Health Promotion Specialist, Public Health Educator

Hospitality and Tourism Careers icon-olus-circle

Lodging Managers

Plan, direct, or coordinate activities of an organization or department that provides lodging and other accommodations. More job details

Working titles such as Bed and Breakfast Innkeeper, Director of Front Office, Front Desk Manager, Hotel Manager, Resort Manager, Rooms Director

Foodservice Managers

Plan, direct, or coordinate activities of an organization or department that serves food and beverages. More job details

Working titles such as Banquet Manager, Catering Manager, Director of Food and Beverage, Food and Beverage Manager, Food Service Director, Food Service Manager, Food Service Supervisor, Kitchen Manager, Restaurant General Manager, Restaurant Manager

Gaming Managers

Plan, direct, or coordinate gaming operations in a casino. More job details

Working titles such as Casino Manager, Casino Shift Manager, Gaming Director, Slot Manager, Slot Operations Director, Table Games Manager

Meeting, Convention, and Event Planners

Coordinate activities of staff, convention personnel, or clients to make arrangements for group meetings, events, or conventions. More job details

Working titles such as Catering Manager, Conference Manager, Convention Services Manager, Director of Conference Services, Director of Events, Event Manager

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Meeting, Convention, and Event Planners

Coordinate activities of staff, convention personnel, or clients to make arrangements for group meetings, events, or conventions. More job details

Working titles such as Catering Manager, Conference Manager, Convention Services Manager, Director of Conference Services, Director of Events, Event Manager

Recreation Directors

Conduct recreation activities with groups in public, private, or volunteer agencies or recreation facilities. More job details

Working titles such as Activities Coordinator, Activities Director, Program Assistant, Recreation Supervisor

Park Naturalists

Plan, develop, and conduct programs to inform public of historical, natural, and scientific features of national, state, or local park. More job details

Working titles such as Environmental Education Specialist, Historical Interpreter, Interpretive Naturalist, Park Activities Coordinator, Park Manager, Park Ranger, Program Manager

Research Careers icon-olus-circle

Statisticians

Develop or apply mathematical or statistical theory and methods to collect, organize, interpret, and summarize numerical data to provide usable information. More job details

Working titles such as Clinical Statistics Manager, Human Resource Statistician, Program Research Specialist, Senior Statistician, Statistical Analyst, Statistician, Statistician (Demographer), Trend Investigator

Bioinformatics Scientists

Conduct research using bioinformatics theory and methods in areas such as pharmaceuticals, medical technology, biotechnology, computational biology, proteomics, computer information science, biology and medical informatics. More job details

Working titles such as Bioinformaticist; Bioinformatics Scientist; Research Scientist; Scientific Database Curator; Scientific Informatics Project Leader; Senior Research Associate; Senior Scientist

Clinical Research Coordinators

Plan, direct, or coordinate clinical research projects. Direct the activities of workers engaged in clinical research projects to ensure compliance with protocols and overall clinical objectives. More job details

Working titles such as Clinical Program Coordinator, Clinical Program Manager, Clinical Research Administrator, Clinical Research Associate (CRA), Clinical Research Coordinator, Clinical Research Manager, Research Coordinator

Watch a video about a Penn State HHD alumnus who is working as a clinical research coordinator.