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Career Information for a Degree in Human Sciences

Those interested in human behavior and social interactions may be interested in a degree in human sciences. A human sciences degree might lead to work in dozens of fields, with job titles such as marriage or family counselor, nutritionist or human sciences teacher.

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Definition of Human Sciences

The human sciences field is devoted to understanding human principles. Individuals interested in anthropology, sociology, psychology or evolution may want to consider studying human sciences. Coursework may include:

  • Adulthood and aging
  • Children and public policy
  • Leisure in modern society
  • Life cycle nutrition
  • Psychosocial development
  • Research methodology
  • Work and family

Marriage and Family Counselor

Marriage and family counselors use their knowledge of human psychology, childhood development and conflict resolution techniques to help families and married couples restore emotional balance in their relationships. They might employ strategies such as group therapy sessions, guided behavior modification or referral to psychiatric professionals. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), increasing coverage from insurance companies for marriage and family therapy will contribute to a 41% job growth from 2010-2020 (www.bls.gov). In May 2012, marriage and family counselors made a median annual salary of $46,670.

Nutritionist

Nutritionists are experts on how foods affect the human body. They design eating regimens for athletes, patients and clients, help people make informed decisions about their eating habits and prepare reports about the nutritional offerings of student cafeterias. This career was expected to see a 20% job growth from 2010-2020, said the BLS, because more Americans were growing interested in the benefits of a healthy diet. The median salary for nutritionists and dietitians in May 2012 was $55,240.

Human Sciences Teacher

Human sciences teachers draw on a broad range of pedagogical skills to direct their lessons to individual students and groups, and are often responsible for demonstrating their students' progress to state or other governmental oversight boards. Elementary and secondary school teachers need to be licensed to work in public schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The BLS expected jobs for elementary school teachers to grow 17% in 2010-2020, although there may be better opportunities in states with growing populations. Jobs for high school teachers (secondary school teachers) are expected to grow more slowly, at a rate of seven percent. The median annual salary for elementary school teachers in May 2012 was $53,400, while secondary school teachers made a median annual salary of $55,050.

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