Careers

Career Library
The Human Development Career Library is a comprehensive list of various career possibilities for Human Development majors. Each listing includes: job description, typical tasks, specialties and similar occupations, education levels required, national employment and outlook, and national earnings for that type of career.

Download the Human Development Career Library

What can I do with this major?
Human services
Child and family studies
Counseling

Careers in Counseling
We are excited that CSUSM now offers a Masters in Social Work!

If you are considering graduate school, it is important for you to become familiar with the required courses and internship hours that you will need early in your academic career so you can choose accordingly. You will also want to plan a strategy for gaining experience as some prefer that you have 500+ hours volunteer or paid experience. You may want to start by visiting the California Board of Behavioral Sciences website to get familiar with the types of licenses (i.e. MFT, MSW, LPCC) and peruse the list of accredited and approved programs.

One of our long-time lecturers, Dr. Luis Terrazas, has compiled these two helpful documents about counseling graduate programs and careers: Counseling and Related Careers: Graduate Programs and Other Issues and MSW Graduate Programs. Also, for nonprofit positions in San Diego County, see http://www.npworks.org.

Careers in Healthcare
CSUSM is very good at responding to the needs of the region.  The CSUSM Nursing Program are a terrific example of this commitment and response to the community.  The Nursing Program offers information sessions where you can learn more about the different types of education and career options.

If you are interested in other healthcare related careers, you might look into the CSUSM Healthcare Information Technology program or one of the certificate programs offered through Extended Learning.  You might also want to review Dr. Luis Terrazas’s paper on healthcare careers.

Careers in Education
CSUSM is known for its excellent teacher education programs.  Many HD students seek careers in education, including special education and speech pathology.

For a comprehensive guide to becoming a teacher, see the CSUSM Education Department’s “Steps to Becoming a Teacher” and these teaching resources from the CSUSM Career Center.