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Career Possibilities List

In HDFS, we’re committed to the highest quality in academics and career development. Starting with HDFS 101, Issues and Careers in HDFS, and in each of our HDFS applied experience courses, we include career exploration and professional development activities designed to help you find your path to the future. In class and in extracurricular activities, you’ll find ample opportunities to gain practical pre-professional experience in our Child Development Laboratory, the Family Resiliency Center, Child Care Resource Service, and The Autism Program, as well as in the Champaign-Urbana community.

HDFS graduates go on to start careers in child care services, family life education, human services, pediatric services in hospitals, or business activities related to children or families. Many continue their education in graduate or professional school, earning credentials needed to become counselors, occupational therapists, marriage and family therapists, social workers, physicians, attorneys, and more.

To learn more about HDFS-related careers – including educational requirements, salaries, employment prospects and more, select a career area and click on your career.

Human Resources

As a Human resources specialist, you will recruit, screen, interview, and place workers. As well as helping to guide employees through all human resources procedures and answer questions about policies and manage work related conflict.


As a lawyer, you will advise and represent individuals, businesses, and government agencies on legal issues and disputes.


Registered nurses (RNs) provide and coordinate patient care, educate patients and the public about various health conditions, and provide advice and emotional support to patients and their family members.

Social Work

Social workers are found in a broad range of specialties, but one thing they all have in common is a desire to help people and families connect with the resources they need to help solve or cope with problems.