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What are jobs for someone with a human development major?

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Shajuana’s Answer

Hi Diana,

There is so much you can do with a degree or major in human development. It is such a broad degree that it fits into many different career fields like education, health, human service, and so much more. If you have an interest in education you can find a job in early childhood development or child development with working with the school system. Also, if you are passionate about advocacy there are jobs with being an advocate for children, improvised families, women, etc. there is jobs in human and health service too where you can work for those in need of help. It is truly so much you can do over a broad spectrum of fields, which is amazing! I hope this helps!

Hi Shajuana, Thank you so much for your elaborate response I really appreciate it and will use it as a guide as to what direction is best for me! I completed my B.A in Human development with option in early childhood giving that you mentioned that I am considering a school district but will want to get my teaching credentials just have to figure out that process next. Hope you are doing well and staying safe thank you again for replying! Best Diana B.

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Ro’s Answer

Human Development is a versatile major, and Shajuana's answer provided a great context on popular jobs that are normally associated with this major.
Another aspect of this major is that it prepares you to explore other fields such as psychology, counseling, prevention services, and other health sciences. Some unique jobs outside of family-counseling and education-development that were already mentioned are:
-working with families in correctional facilities
-mental health agencies
-special needs services (which is a growing sector!)
-parks and recreation (the preparation and exploration part)
-family consumer research (what and why families purchase - research for companies)
-human resources and compliance

The list can grow much longer, but here is an indeed.com link for a basic search in the OC area for Human Development: https://www.indeed.com/jobs?q=Human+Development&l=Orange+County%2C+CA

Again, Shajuana gave a great answer, and it seems like you are interested in Early Childhood development, which would be a popular avenue to explore in this major. In CA, getting your teaching credentials is pretty essential if you want to work for the public school system (private schools have a bit more leeway, but credentials are always appreciated). I wish you the best of luck in finding a position that matches your preferences!

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Brian’s Answer

Terrific answers so far. My experience is largely for larger enterprise companies. The one thing that every company has in common is that it is comprised of people. As you know, people come from all walks of life and bring to their job unique life experiences. Everyone is on a journey, with a past full of experiences that shaped them into the person they are today, as well as pressures and realities they face in the present. All employees have an eye toward the future. Within progressive organizations, they encourage employees to have a "growth mindset". That is be vulnerable and open to learning. This may be awkward and uncomfortable, but it's the only way to truly learn.

So, what does this have to do with your question?


Every organization needs talent that can help with human development. Whether people work at a hospital, rental car agency, retail location, the headquarters of a high tech company, or within the public sector, the organizations that thrive will focus on developing their employees to acquire new capabilities that makes the organization better and faster. Being responsive to the market and dynamic customer needs is vital. Having employees who are fully engaged with a "growth mindset" doesn't happen by accident. These organizations need people like you who have studied this space deeply and can help build a better place to work for everyone.

I encourage you to not overlook these types of opportunities. They normally show up in HR roles within these great companies. Find a company or non-profit you are passionate about to check out whether they are looking to build a robust, learning organization. Then, relentlessly look for ways to connect with people within that organization to forge your path in.

Don't be shy. Be proud. You've got a lot to teach us. Sure, you will learn a great deal along the way. Like we all are suppose to do. That's a good thing!

Best of luck!!!


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Calvin’s Answer

All answers have been great so far. I agree there are many things that you can do with this degree. I also think you can contribute a lot working in a HR organization. You can help to embed the culture of a company into the hiring and retention polices with your Human Development lens.

Best of luck!


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John’s Answer

Go to this website, www.bls.gov/ooh

As the others mention there are many area's with human development you can go into, Type Human Development in the search box at top right of website then you'll find many to review with more details about each area.