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Family Life Education

Improve the quality of life for children, adults, couples, and families. Family life educators empower family members by providing educational, preventative, and enrichment services in the community.   

Degree Programs

Jobs

  • Family life educator
  • Coordinator for public policy issues 
  • Parent educator
  • Teen counselor 
  • Research facilitator 
  • Bereavement counselor 
  • Military family consultant 
  • Curriculum developer or evaluator
  • Social worker (requires a graduate degree)
  • Immigrant and refugee family services
  • Community outreach coordinator
  • Family advocate
  • Family case worker
  • Occupational therapist (requires a graduate degree)
  • Social services worker (WIC office, Community Health Office)
  • Marriage educator
  • Marriage and family therapy (requires a graduate degree)

Work Settings

  • Local, state, and federal government agencies
  • Community organizations
  • Private businesses
  • Faith-based organizations
  • Social service agencies
  • Healthcare organizations
  • Child and family counseling centers

Career Outlook & Pay

Outlook

Family life educators fall into a Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) category that's poised for 10 percent job growth through 2024.

Pay

According to Payscale, the average salary of a Certified Family Life Educator is $41,000

  • Salary can range across private, public and nonprofit sectors
  • Salary is often based on education and experience

Interests, Skills & Values  

Interpersonal skills

Family life educators enjoy working with children and families. They must possess strong people skills to develop good relationships with families and colleagues. 

Service orientation

Family life educators strive to strengthen the interpersonal relationships of families and enhance well-being.  

Compassion

Family life educators frequently work with couples and families who are in stressful situations. They must have empathy to develop strong relationships with their clients. 

Communication skills

Family life educators must be able to communicate clearly with couples and families. They need strong oral communication and listening skills to address family issues.  

Instructional skills

Family life educators should be able to explain things to people from a variety of different backgrounds.

Strengths-Based Approach

Family life educators focus on family strengths while they equip family members with skills for healthy family functioning.

Family Diversity

Family life educators support individuals, couples, and families from various cultural, religious, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds.

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