Youth, Family, and Community Sciences Careers

Helping the lives of youth and children…  it’s what we do.

Vision. Determination. Commitment to bettering the world for youth and families. These are the qualities we expect of our program graduates.

The demand for qualified, competent professionals to teach, administer, and create educational programs and support systems for children, youth, and families is on the rise. Learn how a degree or certificate in Youth, Family, and Community Sciences prepares you for a purposeful and meaningful career.

YFCS Careers Alumni Booklet

To learn more about what our amazing graduates are doing in the field of family science, check out the NCSU Family Science Alum Booklet_May 2019


Graduates of the Youth, Family, and Community Sciences program often find success in one of the career paths listed below.

Interested in learning more about a particular career path? Click on the link to learn what it takes to build a successful career in the following:

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Typical Employers

Graduates usually find employment with nonprofits or community development organizations that offer services to children, youth, and families.

Typical employers include:

  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Community service organizations
  • Hospital, eldercare, or recreational programs
  • Life coaching practices

Many of our graduates are entrepreneurial. They start and run nonprofits or open their own practice.

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Job Titles

Upon graduation, our alumni typically pursue the careers listed below.

Want to learn more about a particular job title? Click on the link to learn what it takes to get the job you want.

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Family and Community Services Agencies

Graduates interested in youth, families, and communities often find jobs with family and community services agencies and perform the following services:

  • Inform and coach families on how to enhance their quality of life through better building positive relationships
  • Assist community leaders in developing programs that promote healthy families
  • Advise members of youth groups on social skills or youth engagement
  • Administer childcare or eldercare services
  • Train community members on topics of youth and family sciences

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Work for a Nonprofit

Many of our alumni have started their own or gone to work for a nonprofit organization. They often work in one or more of the following roles:

  • Administration
  • Public relations
  • Communications
  • Fundraising
  • Volunteer coordination

Alumna Promotes Change Through Work at El Pueblo

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Opportunities in Human Development and Family Science

Career opportunities involve managing or providing service to children, youth and families in areas such as:

  • Parent education
  • Family life coaching
  • Family life education
  • Youth development
  • Childcare (infant, toddler, and school age)
  • Hospital programs
  • Recreation programs
  • Community development
  • Cooperative extension education
  • Eldercare
  • Family or youth case management
  • Relationship education
  • Programs for healthy aging
  • Support service to children and families
  • Child and family advocate programs
  • Early child development interventions
  • Human development consulting
  • Retirement communities
  • Research analysis
  • Policy analysis
  • Systems analysis
  • Casework for mental health or youth services

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Ready to Get Started?

Getting your master’s degree or graduate certificate in this department can lead to rewarding Youth, Family, and Community Sciences careers, and is a great way to better serve youth and families in your community. We are proud to be a part of a land-grant university where we bring research-based education to the people of North Carolina and beyond. The YFCS curriculum is designed to prepare students for successful careers in the fields of Youth Development and Family Studies.
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