Are you exploring career choices? Are you trying to decide what to major in? Are you a college student and wondering if a degree in Human Development and Family Studies would be a good choice? Are you curious if majoring in HDFS is a good selection for someone who wants to help others?
Many colleges, such as Texas Tech University of Lubbock, offer a bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies. Students take courses in areas such as child development, psychology and more.
However, some of those graduates, years later, regret their choice of major. If they had to do it all over again, they would not have chosen a degree in Human Development and Family Studies. But, there are also many students who were happy they selected a degree in HDFS.
If you are wondering if a degree in Human Development and Family Studies is the career choice for you, the following points below might help you.
A degree in HDFS is better than no degree at all.
A BS degree in Human Development and Family Studies is not a complete waste. It is better than an associate’s degree, and is, of course, more ideal than no degree at all.
A degree in Social Work or Early Childhood Education is probably a better choice for someone wanting to find a job immediately upon graduation.
If you want to find a great job right after you graduate, it is best to not major in HDFS. While many people do find jobs with just a BS degree in HDFS, many do not. Some will find a job, but it has nothing to do with the major.
However, with a degree in Social Work you will have many more job opportunities. Many social service agencies prefer, or even require, that employees have degrees in Social Work. If you are considering social work, please read “Is a Career in Social Work Right For You?” and “Ten Tips for College Social Work Majors.”
Also, a degree in Early Childhood Education can pretty much guarantee you a job, as long as you are flexible with location. But, as many HDFS graduates will tell you, employment with just a bachelor’s degree in HDFS is a little tricky.
There are many HDFS graduates who land jobs at CPS and private agencies and do succeed. However, statistically, it is a wiser choice to choose a different major.
If you are planning to go to graduate school, a degree in HDFS is adequate in most cases.
If you have already decided you are going to attend graduate school following college, then a degree in HDFS will possibly be the choice for you. While you might need to take some additional courses, you can get into many graduate programs (such as occupational therapy) with a BS in HDFS. You could also become a social worker and earn an MSW. You could even become a speech pathologist or occupational therapist. You could also apply to Physician’s Assistant school.
However, to be honest, another degree might be a better fit in some cases. For example, if you intend to become a speech pathologist, then a bachelor’s degree in Speech Pathology is obviously the wiser choice. Also, if you want to become a Physician’s Assistant, a degree in biology or chemistry would be a better selection.
If you plan to become a stay-at-home mom, HDFS might be the choice for you.
If you are currently married, and your goal is to become a stay at home mom (which is a fantastic choice), then a degree in Human Development and Family Studies would be fine. Your classes will help you to be a better parent. And, you can still find employment if necessary, with the degree.
If you are not married or dating anyone, it’s better to choose something that has more career possibilities. It could take you a few years to find Mr. Right.
If you want to make a lot of money, HDFS is not a good degree choice.
If you want to be a millionaire, then a degree in Human Development and Family Studies is definitely not the choice for you. Nearly all jobs available with a degree in HDFS pay very modest salaries. For example, if you choose to become a CPS caseworker (which in many states a degree in HDFS is sufficient), your starting salary will be roughly $36,000 a year.
These are just a few points to consider before choosing to major in Human Development and Family Studies. If you are still exploring careers, please read “Job Ideas for People Who Like to Help Others.” You might also look at “Jobs and Career Ideas for Creative People.”
Some other career articles to read are “Jobs that Pay $50,000 to $100,000 a Year.” and “Jobs That Pay Over $100,000 a Year.” Some additional articles to browse are “Jobs that Pay Well Over a Million Dollars a Year” and “High Demand Science Jobs that Pay Over $60,000 a Year.”
One of the best activities that can help you decide on a career, is to participate as a job shadow. Take a look at “How to Find a Job Shadow Experience” for more insight.
Good luck with your future endeavors!
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