Family Science professionals focus on families, the challenges they face, and ways to help them succeed in today's society. Family Science students develop superior communication and problem-solving skills, and are able to relate well to people from diverse backgrounds.

The Family Science major prepares students for a wide range of careers addressing family issues and provides an excellent foundation for graduate study in family studies, family therapy, law, psychology, sociology, social work, health, human resource management, and related fields. The following list gives you a general idea of areas in which Family Science graduates work and where they can look for jobs. For more detailed information on career areas, employers, and strategies for securing jobs in specific job sectors, click on "Careers in Family Science:  What Can I Do With This Degree?"


Human Service Professionals

Develop, administer, and evaluate social service programs and conduct casework for individuals and families. Graduates work as family service specialists, administrative staff, counselors, child life specialists, elder care workers, probation officers, researchers, and policy analysts. Job settings include social service/mental health centers, government agencies, youth organizations, teen parent programs, hospitals, schools, consumer credit agencies, and senior centers.

Work/Family Specialists

Design and manage support programs for employees, including child care, elder care, leave/disability programs, flexible work policies, and health and wellness programs. Positions are located in personnel or human resource departments of major corporations and in government agencies, including the military services.

Family Life/Parenting Educators

Prepare, present, and evaluate educational programs designed to enhance family well being, such as parent education, military relocation support, substance abuse education, and relationship enhancement. Positions are located in Cooperative Extension, the military services, and a variety of other public and private agencies.

Family Policy Analysts

Develop policy initiatives in such areas as child care, child abuse, and aging, and analyze the impact of policies on families. Policy analysts work for local, state, and federal government and public interest or advocacy groups.


  • Family services specialist
  • Adoption caseworker
  • Child care administrator
  • Corporate director of work and family services
  • Employee assistance specialist
  • Substance abuse counselor
  • Family policy analyst
  • Military family support specialist
  • High school child development/family life teacher
  • Hospital family support coordinator
  • Child welfare/family services caseworker
  • Family/divorce mediator
  • Long-term care coordinator
  • Family financial educator
  • Consumer advocate
  • Peace Corps volunteer
  • Americorps community programs coordinator
  • Family planning counselor
  • Parent educator
  • Cooperative Extension faculty assistant