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Five surprising jobs for human development majors

December 23, 2019

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Published: December 23, 2019

The field of human development offers a variety of career paths concerning the human condition and ways to help people live better lives.

Human development is a rich field that spans a wide array of disciplines and studies. Pursuing a career in this field allows professionals to stretch the boundaries of their passions while assisting people in leading healthy and fulfilling lives. We’ve compiled a list of a few possible human development jobs for students following the completion of their degree and licensure.

  1. Behavioral Therapist – Behavioral therapists provide therapy for those suffering from mental health disorders such as anxiety, depression, disorderly eating, substance abuse, and more. Behavioral therapists employ several different types of treatment, but generally, each one strives to change negative learned behaviors to help patients have the tools to better navigate triggering situations and pasts. Therapists must hold at least a master’s degree as well state licensure.
  2. Leading a Nonprofit Organization – The National Council of Nonprofits describes nonprofit efforts as “a way for people to work together for the common good, transforming shared beliefs and hopes into action.” Nonprofits work to serve people of all different ages, races, genders, financial statuses, and locations.

With a degree in human development with a concentration in social change, you’ll be prepared to contend with the interconnected difficulties of social change, policy-making, and changes. Your work could be carried out through a position as a program coordinator, grant writer, or program director.

  1. Public Relations – A career in public relations involves the strategic dissemination of information — that is, getting the right information in front of the right eyes for a given purpose. This career involves a developed understanding of how to address a specific group of people and their needs and fostering a relationship in which your client or audience can trust the information you’re providing.

With this in mind, cultivating an understanding of storytelling and human development as it concerns the challenges of adulthood can play an important role in your success as a public relations professional.

  1. College Professor or Instructor – As a college professor, you’ll be fostering the brilliant new minds of tomorrow. Your focus will be less about implementing your knowledge of human development but rather passing on this knowledge to help build the careers of your students. Of course, your training in human development will also assist in your teachings as you’ll be well versed in storytelling, research, mentoring, and more.

Each university and college may have different qualifications for instructors depending on your concentration in human development. Generally, you’ll need at least a master’s degree coupled with experience in the field you’re teaching. This could be subject to change depending on the level of professorship you’re applying for. For example, the qualifications for an adjunct professor in human development will likely look different than the qualifications for a professional applying for a full professorship.

  1. Early Childhood Educator/Specialist – Early childhood educators play a crucial role in advocating for and assisting young children as they navigate the world around them. This career focuses in and out of the classroom, honing in on a child’s acclimation to working with their peers, as well as their educational, physical, and social development.

A bachelor’s degree along with licensure and specialization studies will allow for post-grads to pursue a career as an early childhood educator. A master’s in early childhood development and education will allow for further mastery and specialization — be it curriculum development, classroom management, or another specialty concerning child development.

Human development is a field that offers variety to those who are concerned with the human condition and ways to help people better their lives considering their age, race, gender, socio-economic status, and more.

These jobs in human development just scratch the surface of all that this field has to offer. Consider pursuing this field if you hope to play a role in making the world a better place.

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