Human Development Major Career Planning Options
Human Development majors explore the physical, intellectual, social, and emotional growth processes of individuals from conception to very old age. By studying the way these processes interdependently affect human changes and behavior patterns, students gain an in depth understanding of marital and family dynamics from both an individual and social perspective. Rivier’s Human Development major is unique in that it examines factors, which promote both normal and abnormal development, through a combination of comprehensive psychology and sociology coursework. Students further explore the familial, community, and societal conditions that influence development such as parenting, gender, ethnicity, and learning differences. Along with an intensive social and behavioral sciences curriculum, human development majors acquire a solid liberal arts foundation that promotes strong communication and critical thinking skills. Visit Rivier’s Psychology Department and Sociology Department for information on degrees and course offerings.
Human Development Major Skills
|Oral & Written Interpersonal||Engage in Ethical Practice|
|Communication||Observe, Analyze, & Interpret Information|
|Interviewing & Counseling Techniques||Insight to Deal Effectively with People|
|Problem Solving & Decision Making||Able to Promote Healthy Relationships|
|Detail Oriented||Understanding Group Dynamics|
|Knowledge of Community Resources||Interact Well with Diverse Cultures/Groups|
|Concern for & Sensitivity to Others||Critical & Inferential Thinking|
|Good Listener||Ability to Resolve or Mediate Conflicts|
|Knowledge of Human Development & Behavior||Knowledge of Social Structure & Change|
Career Paths in Human Development
New graduates with a degree in human development have work options that are diverse and dependent upon one’s interests, abilities, work values, academic emphasis and practical experience in the field. Human Development majors may seek positions in applied fields such as human resources, social services, community organization, and health-related occupations. It is strongly encouraged that these students elect to minor in Social Work, so as to begin developing advocacy and clinical skills, as well as an awareness of community organization. With the Social Work minor, students gain practical experience through a required internship at a social service agency that is integrated into their educational program. A master’s degree or doctorate level preparation is typically required for advanced career opportunities in counseling and guidance, social work, education, developmental psychology, administration, and human resources management.
Human Development graduates may work as . . .
(The following are titles from across the industry. Some of these jobs may require education or experience beyond a bachelor’s degree.)
|Admissions Counselor||Parent Educator|
|College Student Personnel||Adoption Agency Official|
|Parole Officer||Crisis Center Specialist|
|Behavior Specialist||Employment Interviewer/Recruiter|
|Pastoral Counselor||Recreational Therapist|
|Case Manager||Child Care Program Coordinator|
|Family Services Specialist||Rehabilitation Counselor|
|Family Therapist||Retirement Counselor|
|Health Educator||Higher Ed Administration|
|Child Life Specialist||Human Resource Manager|
|Child Welfare Officer||Human Services Worker|
|Clinical Counselor||Legislative Aide|
|Community Outreach Worker||Occupational Therapist|
|Community Support Clinician||School Guidance Counselor|
|Teacher/Professor||Social Services Case Worker|
|Youth Services Worker||Social Worker|
Human Development graduates may work at . . .
|Adoption/Child Care Agencies||Group Homes|
|Business & Industry||Peace Corps|
|Personnel Departments||Head Start Programs|
|Churches/Religious Groups||Civil Rights Agencies|
|Health & Public Health Departments||Human Services Agencies|
|Private Practice||Human Resource Departments|
|Clinics/Hospitals||Public & Private Schools|
|Colleges/Universities||Community Service Agencies|
|Justice Departments||Rehabilitation Agencies|
|Publishing Firms||Residential Treatment Centers|
|Courts/Correctional Facilities||Senior/Retirement Centers|
|Mental Health Agencies||Youth Organizations|
|Non-Profit Organizations||Social Welfare Departments|
|Government (Federal & State)|
Ways to Increase Employability
- Pursue elective course work or additional training related to one’s professional field of interest.
- Participate in volunteer and service learning opportunities.
- Become an active student member of university, community, or professional organizations, which enhance leadership skills and promote networking relationships with fellow professionals.
- Obtain quality practical experience prior to graduation through relevant part-time, full-time, and summer job/internship positions.
Professional Resources for Human Development
- American Mental Health Counselor’s Association
- American Counseling Association
- Alliance for Children and Families
- National Association of Social Workers
- National Social Science Association
- Society for Applied Sociology
- Society for Human Resource Management