What Can I do With a Degree in Community Development?

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Advising & Career Services' Resources

  • 100 Jobs in Social Change by Harley Jebens.
  • A Guide to Careers in Community Development by Paul C. Brophy and Alice Shabecoff.
  • Careers for Good Samaritans & Other Humanitarian Types by Marjorie Eberts and Margaret Gisler
  • Careers in Focus: Government
  • Careers in Renewable Energy
  • The Complete Idiot's Guide to Green Careers

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Vocational Biographies

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  • Community Education Coordinator
  • Developmental Day Care Program Coordinator
  • Economic Development Director
  • Housing Authority Executive Director
  • Housing Rehabilitation Specialist
  • Job Center Director
  • Resident Initiatives Coordinator

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Professional Associations

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Internet Sites with Job Search Resources for Community Development Majors

Community Development Organizations (Portland Area)

Community Development Organizations (National/International)

Additional Links

  • Council for Community and Economic Research — Promotes "excellence in community and economic research by working to improve data availability, enhance data quality, and foster learning about regional economic analytic methods."
  • Cyburbia — "portal and social networking site for urban planners and others interested in cities and the built environment."
  • National Housing Institute — "...examines the issues causing the crisis in housing and community in America...These issues include housing, jobs, safety, and education, with an emphasis on housing and economic development, as well as poverty and racism, disinvestment and lack of employment, and breakdown of the social fabric."
  • Planetizen — "a public-interest information exchange provided by Urban Insight for the urban planning, design, and development community."

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Places of Employment

Students who major in community development develop skills that are valued by employers. These skills include: research, analysis, writing, oral presentation, critical thinking, synthesis, problem solving, advocacy, and the ability to take initiative. Students and alumni may find employment in government, nonprofits, social services, educational institutions, and businesses, depending on their skills and experience. Internships or relevant part-time jobs may be a prerequisite to finding employment.

The following list of employers and job titles was derived from Advising & Career Services' jobs database where the employer specifically requested community development majors. This list does not reflect all potential places of employment or kinds of jobs for community development majors. This list does not reflect current openings.

Community Development Program, Nohad A. Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning

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