Child and Family Studies Career Opportunities

A Growing Need for Child and Family Studies Graduates

Early childhood development and early childhood education are challenging and rewarding fields. The Bachelors of Science in Child and Family Studies with a concentration in child development prepares graduates to teach or administer in private early childhood programs. With an increase in both dual income families and single parent households, there will be a greater need for care of children under the age of six. The demand for professionals with these backgrounds has grown steadily in recent years, and is expected to continue to increase through 2029, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics*.

As the profession grows, qualifications for employees are also increasing. Currently employed professionals with early childhood credential or associate degrees are required to complete a bachelor’s degree – especially those in Head Start programs. A bachelor’s degree is also required by state licensing and regulation entities for those looking to move into administrative roles within early childhood education. Salary increases may also be possible for those with additional education.

One option for those interested in child development careers is to begin by earning the Child Development Associate certification (CDA) and continue with a bachelor’s degree. Individuals interested in CDA classes should consider taking them with an accredited university where they will count as CDA certification hours, as well as college credit hours.

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Popular Child and Family Studies Careers

Childcare Center Director

National Median Annual Salary
$49,160/year
1% growth increase thru 2029
Local Estimated Base Salary
$38,426/year
updated May 2021
Top Companies for Childcare Center Directors in Kentucky
Lightbridge Academy
$74,342
Scope Education Services
$62,832
Bright Horizons Family Solutions
$62,363
Bachelor typically required for entry-level positions

Preschool Teacher

National Median Annual Salary
$31,930/year
2% growth increase thru 2029
Local Estimated Base Salary
$32,344/year
updated May 2021
Top Companies for Preschool Teachers in Kentucky
Action Day Primary Plus
$61,992
Anna’s Bananas Daycare & Preschool
$53,362
Wonderspring Early Education
$52,805
Bachelor typically required for entry-level positions

Social Services Assistant

National Median Annual Salary
$35,960/year
17% growth increase thru 2029
Local Estimated Base Salary
$47,986/year
updated May 2021
Top Companies for Social Service Assistants in Kentucky
Horizon Health & Rehab Center
$54,774
U.S. Army
$54,722
Commonwealth Care of Roanoke
$52,558
Bachelor typically required for entry-level positions

*National job opportunities data is based on national medians and figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics occupational outlook handbook.
*Local job opportunities data is based on estimated base pay and figures from Indeed.com.

Other Child and Family Studies Careers

  • Public and Private Head Start/Preschool Teacher
  • Early Childhood Educator (Birth-8)
  • Curriculum Specialist
  • Afterschool Teacher
  • Assessment Specialist
  • Home Visitor
  • Victim’s Advocate
  • Childcare Specialist
  • Court Designated Specialist
  • Profit/ Non-Profit Agencies and Departments for Children & Families
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