Career Planning

Career development is a lifelong process, but career planning should begin as early as possible in the student’s academic career. The materials that follow are intended to serve as a guide. As students will see, there are many, many possible career paths and directions a student of human development might pursue. Due to the fact that the field is diverse, the most important trick for students is to plan ahead and structure a course of study that will prepare each individual student for their career of choice.

HDP academic advisors will provide students with an overview of possible career paths

  • The overview is extensive, but by no means complete, and is designed to provide students with a sense of the range of opportunities as well as the basic requirements for pursuing them.
  • Brief summaries are provided for possible professions, along with basic information about training, salaries, etc.

Potential Career Fields

Arts, Communication, and Marketing

Health and Medicine

Behavioral Health 

Social Services and Public Policy


Therapy and Rehabilitation

Further Study in Human Development

Students can also choose further graduate study in Human Development, leading to careers in research and academia.  See our listing of gradutate programs in developmental studies for more infomation.

Extracurricular Activities

Extracurricular activities are exceedingly valuable tools and resources for students to utilize in evaluating potential careers. Internships, study abroad opportunities, independent research studies, are all good mechanisms to learn about fields of study, and whether or not they are appropriate for each individual student