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Careers in Human Development and Family Science

A Human Development and Family Science degree from Ohio State prepares you for a career working with children, families or individuals. Learn more about some actual careers our students have landed.

Learn the requirements for our human development and family science programs.

Student jobs and internships

  • A Kid Again – Intern
  • After School All Stars – Program Leader
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters – Mentor
  • BUCK-I-SERV – Alumni Outreach Coordinator
  • Columbus Parks and Recreation – Program Facilitator
  • Camp Fire USA – Program Facilitator
  • Children's Hunger Alliance – AmeriCorps
  • City Kids Hilliard – Substitute Teacher
  • Communities in Schools – After School Assistant
  • Health Science Scholars Program – Service Coordinator
  • Home Healthcare – Aide
  • Jump Start Sports – Program Director/Coach
  • Make-A-Wish – Intern
  • Nationwide Children’s Hospital – Child Life Intern
  • New Directions Career Center – Intern
  • Ohio High School Athletic Association – Basketball Official
  • The Ohio State University – Catering Student Manager, Child Care Teacher, IM Official, Med Center Volunteer, Office Assistant, Outreach Ambassador, Recreation Instructor, Research Asst, Resident Advisor, Teaching Assistant, Telecounselor
  • The Hive – Brand Ambassador/Promo Model
  • Various Preschools – Assistant Teacher
  • Various Special Needs Organization – ABA Therapist
  • Various Summer Camps – Camp Counselor
  • Wesley Glen – Diet Aide
  • YMCA – Gymnastics Instructor
  • Your Quest Corporate Wellness – Intern

Employment within one year

  • AmeriCorps – NRI Outreach Coordinator
  • Bellefaire JCB – Associate Teacher
  • Columbus State CC – Testing Assistant
  • Capital University – Admission Counselor
  • Directions for Youth and Families – Prevention Specialist
  • Easter Seals – Line Interventionist
  • Family Resource Center – Prevention Educator
  • First Time Learners Academy – Secretary
  • Girl Scouts of America – Outreach Facilitator
  • Helping Hands Center – Special Needs Coordinator
  • Insight Global – Recruiter
  • Make-A-Wish – Wish Program Manager
  • New Parents Project – Research Assistant
  • The Ohio State University – Program Coordinator
  • Wexner Medical Center– Family Support Coordinator
  • Various Childcare Centers or Preschools – Teacher

Professional positions: 3-5 years post-graduation

  • Aerotek – Recruiter
  • American Heritage Insurance – Marketing, Sales Administrator
  • Applewood Centers – Treatment Specialist
  • Atelier New York – Administrative Manager
  • Builders Exchange of Central Ohio – Education Coordinator
  • Kelly Foods – Distribution Supervisor
  • Language Access Network – Project Manager
  • The Ohio State University – Talent Management Assistant
  • Ranstad/Mergis Group – Recruiter
  • The Sitter Connection, Ltd. – Owner
  • Tiffin University – Admissions
  • Wethersfield Youth Services – Clinical Coordinator

Professions other than child and family services

  • Administrative Manager
  • Bank Management
  • Food Service, Restaurant Management
  • Recruiter, Staffing Coordinator
  • Social Media Manager
  • Marketing Coordinator
  • Office Manager
  • Financial Services Client Support Specialist
  • Pharmaceuticals Sales Representative
  • Researcher
  • Retail Sales and Management
  • Medical Executive Assistant

Professions with an advanced degree

  • Ashland University – Assistant Professor
  • Couple and Family Therapy Clinic – Therapist
  • IntelliSolve, Inc – Owner
  • Kidney Foundation – Regional Program Manager
  • Montgomery County Education Association – Organizer
  • National Education Association – Campaigns and Elections
  • Ohio Childcare Resource Referral – Associate
  • The Ohio State University – Academic Advisor, Assistant Professor
  • RNR Consulting – Consultant
  • Success Academy Charter School – Program Manager
  • Various School Districts – PK-3 and 4-9 Teacher
  • Various Hospitals/Rehabilitation Centers, Schools, and Industry - Occupational and Physical Therapists

Pay, job outlook and work environment

Data for the following professional area is available at the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

A Sport Industry degree develops skills that transfer to other professions, including:

Activities to enhance your hiring potential

  • Build a LinkedIn profile to 100 percent
  • Conduct research with a faculty mentor
  • Intern at a family social services facility
  • Join a professional association
  • Lead a related student organization
  • Learn a foreign language or study abroad
  • Master computer application skills
  • Minor in business or communications
  • Read industry periodical for trends and legislative issues
  • Volunteer!