What Can I do With a Degree in Child, Youth, and Family Studies?

The information on this page is designed to help you explore possible careers. Use the links below to navigate to different areas of the page. We recommend working with a career counselor to help you identify careers based on your skills, interests, and values.

Students who major in Child, Youth, and Family Studies develop many skills that are valued by employers. These skills include: critical thinking, analysis, communication, interpersonal, research, writing, and problem solving. Child, Youth, and Family Majors understand human development, identity, diversity, and oppression. Students and alumni may find employment in business, government, nonprofit, social service, and educational institutions depending on their interests, skills, values, and experience. Internships or other relevant experience (part-time paid or volunteer) may be a prerequisite to finding employment.

Resources to Generate Ideas for Careers and/or Places of Employment

List of Employers and Job Titles Developed from Jobs Posted Jobs in Handshake for Child, Youth, and Family Studies Majors

The following list of employers and job titles was derived from the University Career Center's jobs database where the employer specifically requested Child, Youth, and Family Studies Majors. This list does not reflect all potential places of employment or kinds of jobs for Child, Youth, and Family Studies Majors. This list does not reflect current openings.

  • Benton County — Juvenile Outreach Specialist
  • Camp Fire USA, Portland Metro Council — Youth Advocate, Site Supervisor
  • Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare — Program Coordinator/Family Care Coordinator
  • Catholic Community Services of Western Washington — Case Manager, Certified Peer Counselor (Youth or Parent), Chemical Dependency Professional, Family Support Specialist, Mental Health Therapist, Outpatient Therapist, Prevention Coordinator, Program Manager, Women's Advocate
  • Central City Concern — Parent Trainer
  • Clackamas County Children's Commission — Primary Caregiver
  • Community Action Organization — Family Advocate, Family Support Worker - Opening Doors, New Parent Network Supervisor, Outreach Worker
  • Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for Kids —Program Coordinator
  • Tom Sargent Safety Center at OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital— Child Safety Advocate
  • Education Service District 105 (ESD105) — KidScreen Specialist
  • Friends of the Children — Professional Male Mentor
  • Home Forward — Resident and Community Services Coordinator (bilingual Spanish)
  • Hopelink — Child Development Manager
  • Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization — Home Visitor, Community Outreach Specialist
  • Impact NW — Program Specialist I - Parent/Child
  • Jackson County — Project Service Coordinator
  • Janus Youth Programs — Skills Trainer, Crisis Intake Specialist
  • Juliette's House Child Abuse Assessment Center — Child Interviewer/Intake Counselor
  • Lifeworks NW — Bilingual Mental Health Therapist, Child Milieu Counselor,
  • Mayhew Program, The — Summer Island Program Facilitator
  • Mentor Graphics Child Development Center— Infant and Toddler Teacher, Transition Teacher
  • Metropolitan Family Service — Program Coordinator
  • Morrison Center Child & Family Services — Adolescent and Family Counselor, Program Evaluation/Data AnalystSchool Based Clinician, Child Development Therapist, Residential Counselor/Skills Specialist, Dual Diagnosis Therapist (SSM), Youth Care Specialist, Family Support Specialist, Relief Residential Counselor, Treatment Coordinator, Family Therapist, Bilingual Family Therapist
  • Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC) — Administrative Assistant/Disabilities Services - Head Start, Supervisor/Site Coordinator, Child Care Resource and Referral Specialist
  • Neighborhood House, Inc. — Child Care Specialist
  • Outside In — Youth Specialist I & II, Workforce Development Case Manager for Youth, Housing Specialist, Parent Support Specialist
  • Portland Community College (PCC) — Lead Child Development Specialist
  • Portland YouthBuilders — Advocate
  • Salvation Army — Youth Advocate
  • Tongue Point Job Corps Center — Residential Advisor
  • Trillium Family Services — Child and Adolescent Treatment Specialist. Awake Overnight Child and Adolescent Treatment Specialist
  • Volunteers of America of Oregon — Infant Interventionist, Child Care Supervisor, Toddler Interventionist
  • YMCA of Columbia-Willamette — Site Director
  • YWCA of Clark County — Independent LIving Skills Program Resource Specialist
  • YWCA of Greater Portland — Program Manager

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Government Classification Specifications

Classification Specifications are generic descriptions of jobs in government agencies. This is not a list of current openings. Generally, classification specifications provide an overview of the job and describe essential duties and responsibilities as well as requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) and educational requirements. Salary information may also  be included. You can review this information to identify kinds of government jobs you might be interested in pursuing.

Community College

Mount Hood Community College Class Specifications with salary information

Portland Community College Job Classifications for Academic ProfessionalClassified, and Management staff.


Clackamas County Classification Specifications

Multnomah County Job Profiles/Class Specifications with salary information

Washington County Classification Specifications with salary information


Oregon Job Profiles with salary information

Washington Classified Job Specification

School Districts

North Clackamas School District Licensed Job DescriptionsClassified Job Descriptions

Portland Public Schools Classification Specifications

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Professional Associations

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