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Recommended Academic Plan

The nation's elderly population is growing rapidly, families are changing in ways previously unknown, and our knowledge of child development is greater than ever before. Because of these trends, the demand for HD FS graduates is strong. According to the Occupational Handbook published by the U.S. Department of Labor, social and human service assistants is one of the 30 fastest-growing occupations for the years 2006-2016. Also on this list are marriage and family therapists, mental health counselors, mental health and substance abuse social workers, substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors, and home health aides. The HD FS degree helps to prepare individuals for these employment opportunities and many more.

To view the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, visit the Web site at http://www.bls.gov/

The Pennsylvania State Civil Service Web site is a very good site to learn about salaries, search jobs and careers, and find job opportunities. You can also find out about times and dates of state civil service exams, and how to make an appointment to take the exam. Lastly, you can learn where employment opportunities are most readily available in the local and surrounding areas.

Pennsylvania State Civil Service

Potential job titles for graduates

  • Counseling or administrative positions in hospitals and community mental health centers, facilities for the mentally retarded and developmentally disabled, and public welfare offices.
  • Working in agencies providing adult or child day care, group meals, or crisis intervention.
  • Counseling and supervisory positions in group homes and halfway houses, women's resource centers, human relations programs, clinics, and private psychiatric hospitals, and more.
  • Working for employers in the development of personnel policies and employee assistance programs in business and industry.
  • Working as an entrepreneur, self-employed as a child-care provider or other work-settings.
  • Serving the local, state, and federal government as a police officer, legislative aide, project manager, or administrator.
  • Administrative positions in non-profit and for-profit organizations, serving as a fiscal officer, overseeing strategic planning, and raising funds.
  • Teaching in prevention programs, community education centers, after school settings, and (after pursuing credentials) in public and private school systems.
  • Working as career counselors, job placement specialists, job developers, and employment specialists at Universities, government employment programs, and community centers.
  • Counseling and administrative positions in drug and alcohol treatment centers, outpatient clinics, prevention programs, and government drug and alcohol treatment service centers.

For more information about Careers and employment opportunities, contact Ms. Gina Jones at 724-430-4127 or gmj117@psu.edu.