Child Development & Family Studies
Types of Degrees Child Development & Family Studies Majors Are Getting
The following table lists how many human development and family studies graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.
|Education Level||Number of Grads|
What Child Development & Family Studies Majors Need to Know
In an O*NET survey, human development majors were asked to rate what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important in their occupations. These answers were weighted on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the most important.
Knowledge Areas for Human Development Majors
Human Development majors often go into careers in which the following knowledge areas are important:
- English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
- Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
- Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
- Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
- Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
Skills for Human Development Majors
When studying human development, you’ll learn many skills that will help you be successful in a wide range of jobs - even those that do not require a degree in the field. The following is a list of some of the most common skills needed for careers associated with this major:
- Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
- Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
- Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others’ reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
- Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
- Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
Abilities for Human Development Majors
As a human development major, you will find yourself needing the following abilities:
- Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
- Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
- Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
- Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
- Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
What Can You Do With a Child Development & Family Studies Major?
Below is a list of occupations associated with human development:
|Job Title||Job Growth Rate||Median Salary|
|Community and Social Service Specialists||13.2%||$42,620|
|Farm and Home Management Advisors||7.7%||$49,840|
|Home Economics Professors||8.6%||$71,380|
|Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education||10.5%||$29,780|
|Social and Human Service Assistants||16.4%||$33,750|
Who Is Getting a Master’s Degree in Child Development & Family Studies?
At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of human development majors is as follows:
|Race/Ethnicity||Number of Grads|
|Black or African American||256|
|Hispanic or Latino||159|
Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in Human Development. About 3.1% of those with this major are international students. The most popular countries for students from outside the country are:
- South Korea
- Saudi Arabia
How Much Do Child Development & Family Studies Majors Make?
Master’s Degree Starting Salary
The U.S. Department of Education found that students who graduated in 2015-2017 with a master’s degree in human development and family studies made a median starting salary of $41,000 per year. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $38,300 (25th percentile) and $41,650 (75th percentile).
One thing to note here is that not all of these people may be working in careers related to human development.
Salaries According to BLS
Average salaries range from $34,410 to $52,700 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to human development. This range includes all degree levels, so the salary for a person with just a bachelor’s degree may be a little less and the one for a person with an advanced degree may be a little more.
To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.
Amount of Education Required for Careers Related to Child Development & Family Studies
Some degrees associated with human development may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. Whatever the case may be, pursuing more education usually means that more career options will be available to you.
Find out what the typical degree level is for human development careers below.
|Education Level||Percentage of Workers|
|Less than a High School Diploma||5.6%|
|High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED)||25.4%|
|Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production)||4.1%|
|Some College Courses||6.8%|
|Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree)||11.0%|
|Post-Baccalaureate Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Baccalaureate degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees carrying the title of Master.||3.1%|
|Post-Master’s Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Master’s degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees at the doctoral level.||2.9%|
|First Professional Degree - awarded for completion of a program that: requires at least 2 years of college work before entrance into the program, includes a total of at least 6 academic years of work to complete, and provides all remaining academic requirements to begin practice in a profession.||0.1%|
Online Child Development & Family Studies Programs
In 2018-2019, 1,080 schools offered a human development program of some type. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.
|Degree Level||Colleges Offering Programs||Colleges Offering Online Classes|
|Certificate (Less Than 1 Year)||684||119|
|Certificate (1-2 years)||466||52|
|Certificate (2-4 Years)||16||0|
|Doctor’s Degree (Research)||40||2|
|Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice)||0||0|
|Doctor’s Degree (Other)||0||0|
Is a Degree in Child Development & Family Studies Worth It?
The median salary for a human development grad is $35,830 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.
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Majors Related to Child Development & Family Studies
You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to human development.
|Major||Number of Grads|
|Food, Nutrition & Related Services||1,109|
|General Family & Consumer Sciences||559|
|Family & Consumer Economics||282|
|Textile & Apparel Studies||197|
|Human Sciences Business Services||40|
|Family, Consumer & Human Sciences (Other)||9|
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- College Scorecard
- National Center for Education Statistics
- O*NET Online
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
- Usual Weekly Earnings of Wage and Salary Workers First Quarter 2020
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