Career Paths

In HDFS, there are so many paths you can take. Students in HDFS go on to become couple and family therapists, researchers, family life educators, social workers, allied health professionals, policy-makers, judges, non-profit leaders and more.

Prevention/Intervention Track

Prevention/Intervention Track

Prepare for graduate study in prevention and intervention fields such as Family Life Education Professional Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy, Social Work and Policy/Law.

Child Life Track

Child Life Track

The coursework in Child Life prepares you to work with children and families in healthcare settings as a Certified Child Life Specialist. You will learn about the unique effects of hospitalization on children and families.

Individuals with Disabilities Certificate

Individuals with Disabilities Certificate

This track prepares students to work directly with individuals with disabilities, their family members, and in advocacy positions for individuals with disabilities.

Health Related Careers

This track is for those interested in entering health careers such as pre-med, pre-occupational therapy, pre-physical therapy, speech language pathologist, physician assistant.

What can I do with a degree in HDFS?

What can't you do with a degree in HDFS?

Learn more about employment opportunities and our graduates through the UGA Career Center HDFS Career Guide and the Career Center Outcome Survey.

You can find relevant jobs on The National Council on Family Relations Jobs Center, or use their Careers in Family Science Infographic and Student Resources as you think about your career options.

View Career Opportunities Infographic

Degree Options

You can combine your major in HDFS with other fields (Psychology, Public Health, Early Childhood, or Sociology) to earn two degrees!


Whatever your career path, all Human Development and Family Science students can complete an internship. During this educational applied learning experience, you have the opportunity to apply your knowledge in a personal way to help you obtain your future goals.

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