Career Profiles: Child Development & Family Studies

CSULB Department of Family and Consumer Sciences

The field of Child Development and Family Studies (CDFS) strives to improve the lives of children and families. As an integrative and interdisciplinary specialization, CDFS incorporates information from a variety of disciplines to provide a comprehensive academic and professional background for working with children and families. Our primary focus is on utilizing the preventive approach to assist individuals and families with daily living. Family Life Education provides an interdisciplinary academic and professional background for work that influences and enhances the quality of life for children, adults, couples, and families based on education, enrichment and prevention.

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Career Possibilities:

Additional experience and/or education may be required

  • Child Care Administrator
  • Child Care Educator
  • Child Development Consultant
  • Child Life Specialist
  • College Instructor
  • Community Resource and Referral Professional
  • Corporate Human Service Consultant
  • Family Life Educator
  • Marriage and Family Counselor
  • Parent Educator
  • Teacher
  • Teen Pregnancy Counselor
  • Toy Research and Development Professional
  • Working with Military Families

Where Employed:

  • Clinics
  • Child and family clinics
  • Childcare centers (institutional, family and private)
  • Children’s museums
  • Colleges and universities
  • Government agencies like adoption agencies
  • Hospitals
  • Public and private schools
  • Recreation agencies
  • Research and development departments
  • Social service agencies

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