A wide-variety of career options are available to HDFS majors. A recent publication by the National Council on Family Relations shows career paths relevant to all concentrations.
For students completing our Child Life Concentration with the intent of pursuing a career as a Child Life Specialist in a medical setting.
Through completion of specific undergraduate courses, students can obtain provisional certification as a Family Life Educator. Certification as a Family Life Educator will enhance your competitiveness for jobs in an HDFS-related field.
Experiences play a vital part in the child’s early development and education. HDFS students lead successful careers as certified early education teachers in pre-k settings.Early childhood education keeps more children in school, creates more successful students, and produces graduates that become economically productive and active citizens.
Learn more about a career in early childhood education.
Since its inception in 2008, the annual Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) Internship and Professional Day has grown to include attendance by over 250 undergraduate majors and more than 45 university, local and regional program representatives. At this event, students are provided with an exclusive venue to learn about careers in Human Development and Family Studies and to discover opportunities for practicum, service-learning and full-time internship positions. Through conversations with our community representatives, students also have occasion to hone their professional communication skills.
The Auburn University Early Learning Center, Harris Early Learning Center of Birmingham, and the Marriage and Family Therapy Center provide readily available opportunities for service-learning and internships. Service learning provides students with opportunities to explore career trajectories and gain valuable professional experience for building their resume.