Career Opportunities

Early childhood development and early childhood education are challenging and rewarding fields. 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 2028, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics*.

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. Graduates may also seek employment as trainers for resource and referral agencies, such as Head Start, the department of child and family services and adoption agencies, or serve as education coordinators in early childhood facilities.

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.

Career Outlook

Image Career Outlook Chart - Job Outlook graph showing jobs on the rise - $44,515 Estimated Salary of Graduates from this program

Job Outlook graph shows jobs for training and development on the rise through 2022 - $44,515 estimated salary of graduates from this program.
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Job Opportunities*

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Childcare Center Director

Median Annual Salary: $47,940 per year
$23 per hour

Number of Jobs:
66,700

Typical Entry-Level Education:
Bachelor's Degree

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Preschool Teacher


Median Annual Salary: $29,780 per year
$14 per hour

Number of Jobs:
523,600

Typical Entry-Level Education:
Associate Degree

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Social & Human Services Assistants

Median Annual Salary: $33,750 per year
$16 per hour

Number of Jobs:
413,700

Typical Entry-Level Education:
High School Diploma

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Childcare Worker


Median Annual Salary: $23,240 per year
$11 per hour

Number of Jobs:
1,160,000

Typical Entry-Level Education:
High School Diploma

*Job opportunities data is based on national medians and figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics occupational outlook handbook. Which can be found at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/

Employment Outcomes

Graduate Occupations


Preschool Teachers


Social and Human Service Assistants


Child, Family, and School Social Workers


Elementary School Teachers
(Except Special Education)


Kindergarten Teachers
(Except Special Education)


Education Administrators, Preschool and
Childcare Center/Program

Graduate Employers


Child Development Centers


Clark County Board of Education


US Census Bureau


Behavioral Health, Inc.



Benchmark Family Services, Inc.



Bluegrass Area Development
District, Inc.

 

Graduate Job Titles


Lead Teacher


Preschool Teacher


Social Work Case Manager


Educator



Head Start Teacher



Family Therapist