Child and Family Studies

What is Child and Family Studies? (from http://www.albright.edu/catalog/soc-childfam.html)

“The interdisciplinary major in child and family studies (sociology and psychology) is designed for students interested in studying the sociology of the family as well as the psychological aspects of child socialization and development. The psychosocial perspective of this program provides an ideal academic preparation for students interested in working with children, either in the context of education or human services.”

What are the career opportunities for a Child and Family Studies Graduate?

Related Career Titles

After-School Program DirectorAdoption Professional
CampDirectorChild Care Center Director
Child/Family ResearcherChild Life Specialist
Child Welfare ProfessionalChild and Family Counselor
Foster Care ProfessionalHead Start
Preschool Teacher/DirectorAdvocacy Program
Admissions CounselorMental Health Worker
Youth Program DirectorHealth Educator
Delinquency CounselorParole/Probation Officer
Alcohol/Drug Case WorkerWelfare Counselor
Social WorkerTherapeutic Staff Support

Learn more about the occupations listed above by going to http://www.bls.gov/

How do you get ready? 

  • Bachelor’s degree is sufficient for entry-level positions.
  • Advanced degrees are essential for clinical and therapeutic counseling positions.
  • Master’s degree or Ph.D. is often needed for administrative and supervisory positions.
  • Ph.D. is required for college teaching and advanced research positions.
  • Additional or specialized training qualifies one for higher paying jobs and positions of greater responsibility.
  • Obtain part-time, summer, internship, or volunteer experience in child care, schools, hospitals, camps or overseas programs or in advocacy or service-oriented programs dealing with alcoholism, drug abuse, family violence, aging, poor or disabled populations.
  • Obtain certification in CPR, safety and first aid for adults, children and infants.
  • Develop interest and gain experience in computers, arts, crafts, music or physical activity.
  • Obtain certification for specialized areas including Child Life Specialist or Child Advocacy.

 

Related Major Skills

 

 Interpersonal communication (oral and written) Engage in ethical practices
 Knowledge of human development & behavior Problem solving
Able to observe, analyze and interpret Information Decision making
Concern for and sensitivity to others Interviewing techniques
Critical and inferential thinking Good listener
Insight to deal effectively with peopleAble to promote healthy relationships
Knowledge of community resourcesResearch and planning
Knowledge of social structures and changeInteract well with diverse cultures/groups
Statistical abilitiesWork well under pressure
Ability to resolve or mediate conflictsUnderstanding of group dynamics

What about the future?

“Overall employment of social workers is projected to grow 12 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations. Employment growth will be driven by increased demand for healthcare and social services, but will vary by social worker specialty.”

For more specific job outlook information regarding related occupations, refer to http://www.bls.gov/

Available at Albright College Career Development’s Resource Library

  • Great Jobs for Sociology Majors, by Stephen Lambert
  • Careers for Caring People and Other Sensitive Types, Adrian Paradis
  • Careers for Good Samaritans and Other Humanitarian Types, by Marjorie Eberts and Margaret Gisler
  • Careers for Kids At Heart and Others Who Adore Children, by Marjorie Eberts and Margaret Gisler
  • Careers for Legal Eagles and Other Law–and–Order Types, by Blythe Camenson
  • Careers for Mystery Buffs and Other Snoops and Sleuths, by Blythe Camenson
  • Careers for Number Crunchers and Other Quantitative Types, by Rebecca Burnett
  • Careers for Scholars and Other Deep Thinkers, by Blythe Camenson
  • Careers in Criminology, by Marilyn Morgan
  • Careers in Sociology, by W. Richard Stephens, Jr.
  • Opportunities in Child Care Careers, by Renee Wittenberg
  • Opportunities in Federal Government Careers, by Neale Baxter
  • Opportunities in Gerontology and Aging Services Careers, by Ellen Williams
  • Opportunities in Hospital Administration Careers, by I. Donald Snook, Jr.
  • Opportunities in Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Careers, by James Stinchcomb
  • Opportunities in Social Science Careers, by Rosanne J. Marek
  • Opportunities in Social Work Careers, by Renee Wittenberg
  • Opportunities in State and Local Government Careers, by Neale Baxter

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