Human Development and Family Studies
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Human development and family studies is a program that focuses on basic human developmental and behavioral characteristics of the individual within the context of the family. includes instruction in the conditions that influence human growth and development; strategies that promote growth and development across the life span; and the study of family systems.
School with the highest reported median starting salary ($43K) with a Bachelor's Degree: University of the District of Columbia
Career with the highest median salary ($100K) where most workers have a Bachelor's Degree: Purchasing Managers
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Careers for program graduates
Human development and family studies majors work in these careers, which are sized by percentage of majors in the career (at least 1%) and colored by the predominant level of education.
Elementary and Middle School S...Postsecondary TeachersSpecialized ManagersSpecialized Social WorkersRetail SalespersonsLawyers, and judges, magistrat...Labor Relations SpecialistsSocial and Human Service Assis...Marketing ManagersRegistered NursesCustomer Service Representativ...First-Line Supervisors of Offi...Social and Community Service M...Mental Health CounselorsManagement AnalystsParalegals and Legal Assistant...Police OfficersPersonal Financial AdvisorsSecretaries and Administrative...Education and childcare admini...Project Management SpecialistsFirst-Line Supervisors of Non-...Medical and Health Services Ma...Food Service ManagersSpecialized Therapists
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What level of degree do most graduates achieve, and do they match what your goals?
05K10K0-1 Year Certificate1-2 Year CertificateAssociate's DegreeBachelor's DegreePostbaccalaureate CertMaster's DegreePost-master's CertResearch Doctorate
Completions over time
Have completions for social psychology changed over time? Increasing completions may mean you'll likely have an easier time finding a school that offers this degree, with the opposite being true as well.
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Salary and Debt
How are students who recently completed a degree in human development and family studies doing?
Below is the distribution of starting salaries along with accumulated federal and private education loans across schools that offer a degree in the field human development, family studies, and related services, which includes human development and family studies.
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Context: median salaries
How does the median (middle) salary for social psychology majors compare to the median salaries for other college majors?
Distribution: social psychology majors' salaries by education level
What is the salary distribution for graduates with a bachelor's insocial psychology by the level of their highest degree (Graduate degrees may not be in the same field as the bachelor’s)
We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.
Is a bachelor's degree all you need?
Education level of workers with a bachelor's in social psychology
Is a bachelor's degree going to be sufficient to make you competative in the job market? We can look at the education level of workers with a bachelors in this degree to see if there is a likely need for a graduate degree. You'll also want to check out the careers section on this page to where they are employed.
This chart shows the level of education of workers with a bachelor's degree in social psychology. The worker's graduate degree may have been completed in a different field.
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Context: Graduate degrees in any field by undergraduate ACS degree
About 43% of social psychology majors chose to also earn a graduate degree (possibly of a different major). The percentage of social psychology majors who also earned a graduate degree is higher than about 71% of other fields.
Context: Percentage salary boost obtained with a graduate degree
How important is a graduate degree for earning a higher salary? We can see the difference in salary of workers with a bachelors in this degree to workers with a bachelor’s AND a graduate degree.
7%81%0%20%40%60%80%100%Bachelor's to Master'sBachelor's to Doctorate
Top careers for those with a degree in social psychology
Following are the most frequent jobs held by people who earned a bachelor's degree in Social Psychology (which combines 3 programs), though may not be limited to just those with a bachelor’s.
  1. Elementary and Middle School School Teachers
  2. Postsecondary Teachers
  3. Specialized Managers
  4. Specialized Social Workers
  5. Retail Salespersons
  6. Lawyers, and judges, magistrates, and similar judicial professionals
  7. Educational, Guidance, and Career Counselors and Advisors
  8. Labor Relations Specialists
  9. Social and Human Service Assistants
  10. Marketing Managers
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Careers for social psychology majors
Where do social psychology majors work, and how well do those jobs pay? A ** in the job title indicates that the Department of Education recommends this job for this program.
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The top ten careers for workers with a bachelor's in social psychology
Take a minute to interact with this sankey diagram. Follow the top ten jobs held by social psychology graduates through to their most hired majors. Learn where it may easiest to find work. Expand the careers to explore other majors that might lead to the job that excites you the most. *For many majors, the top ten jobs don't even include half of graduates!*
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Elementary and Middl...Postsecondary Teache...Specialized ManagersSpecialized Social W...Retail SalespersonsLawyers, and judges,...Educational, Guidanc...Labor Relations Spec...Social and Human Ser...Marketing ManagersAll othersThis degreeTop 10 Careers
Where can I complete this degree
Explore schools that offer human development and family studies degrees and certificates
You can use this table to find schools that offer this program based on location and program level offered. Each entry goes to a school page similar to this one with all our information about that school.
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  • Student-Faculty Ratio: A small number of students per full-time instructor suggests individual attention for each student and an up-to-date curriculum.

  • Satisfaction Rate: A high percentage of returning first-year students should correlate with satisfaction (schools call this their retention rate).

  • Repayment Rate: A high repayment rate means most alumni earn enough to make progress repaying loans within 7 years of leaving.

We also show the total enrollment for the school as measured by full-time-equivalent (FTE) students enrolled annually.

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Top 10 similar programs
Following are related programs, ordered by those with the highest number of completions. You can explore a full list by pressing the more details button.
  1. Psychology
  2. Counseling Psychology
  3. Specialized Study in Research and Experimental Psychology
  4. Clinical Psychology
  5. Child Development
  6. Behavioral Sciences
  7. Applied Behavior Analysis
  8. School Psychology
  9. Specialized Study in Psychology
  10. Experimental Psychology
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Careers for social psychology majors
social psychology is part of a larger collection of programs: Psychology. Is there a different program that's close to social psychology that might be a better match for your interests? You can use this table to see a little about the programs that fall under this umbrella. If you click on any of the table headers, that will sort the table by that column, or click on a row and see Ididio's profile for that program.
Gender of recent graduates
Of all people with any degree in human development and family studies earned in the last academic year, 92% were women.
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Completions over time
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Context: Gender representation
How does the gender distribution in this major compare to all other majors?
Context: Percentage women
This major has a higher percentage of women than 94% other programs.
Distribution: salaries by gender
Does gender greatly influence your salary with this degree? The closer the bar are, the less discrepancy there is.
Context: Salary inequity
For social psychology graduates, men have a 22% higher median salary than women, This is high: 65% of programs have graduates with lower salary inequities.
Race/Origin of recent graduates
Here is an overview of race/origin for all human development and family studies graduates from this last academic year. We found a lower percentage of international graduates than in 55% of other programs.
Pacific Islander
American Indian
Not Reported
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Completions over time
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Context: Percentage of Minority Graduates
Minority students comprise a lower percentage of graduates than in 58% of other programs.