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Careers in youth studies

Potential employers

  • adoption agencies
  • child welfare/family services
  • child protective services
  • colleges/universities
  • community based organizations (i.e. YMCA/YWCA)
  • community centers
  • correctional facilities
  • day care centers
  • educational corporations
  • extended school programs
  • government agencies
  • hospitals
  • juvenile justice system
  • mental health agencies
  • physical health organizations
  • public schools (teaching license required for teaching positions)
  • recreation centers/departments
  • religious organizations
  • rehabilitation organizations
  • social service agencies
  • youth agencies and associations
  • youth development organizations
  • youth facilities
  • youth marketing-products
  • youth sport programs
  • youth services
Did you know facts Did you know Did you know More than 50%of youth studies classes includedirect community involvement.

Career opportunities

  • advocacy worker
  • after school activities director
  • assistant program coordinator
  • boys/girls club director
  • case manager
  • community program coordinator
  • community organizer
  • community relations
  • community service director
  • consultant
  • educational assistant
  • educational coordinator
  • environmental educator
  • event coordinator
  • fundraiser
  • grant writer
  • home detention youth case worker
  • juvenile corrections worker
  • multicultural liaison
  • outreach coordinator
  • program director/administrator
  • professional speaker
  • residential counselor
  • summer camp director
  • tutor
  • welfare counselor
  • volunteer coordinator
  • youth advocate
  • youth advisor
  • youth coach
  • youth counselor
  • youth program coordinator
  • youth program director
  • youth protective services worker

Youth studies provides a strong foundation for advanced study in social work, education, and public policy.

Career opportunities with an advanced or graduate degree

  • mental health social worker
  • nonprofit organization director
  • school counselor
  • public policy analyst
  • researcher
  • social worker
  • social services director
  • university faculty

Job titles and employers of alumni

  • After School Enrichment Program Teacher, Plymouth Christian Youth Center
  • AmeriCorps Promise Fellow, Minnesota Alliance with Youth
  • Call Center Agent, Planned Parenthood
  • Club Leader, Campfire USA
  • Community Youth Worker, Saint Paul Parks and Recreation
  • Communications and Volunteer Coordinator, Patrick's Cabaret
  • EMT-BLS Level, Fire Station 51, St. Paul
  • Personal Care Assistant, St. David's Center for Child and Family Development
  • Senior College Coach, College Possible