What Can I Do With an FLHD Degree?

Posted: July 07, 2020 | Author: Savannah Byers | Read Time: 2 minutes

What Can I Do With an FLHD Degree?As the demand for social and human service workers continues to increase, Southern Utah University’s Family Life and Human Development (FLHD) program prepares students to enter the field. Students majoring in FLHD get involved by engaging in meaningful field experiences in the community and taking a variety of relevant courses. And a degree emphasis adds a more robust educational experience and expertise.

FLHD students can add an emphasis in either Early Childhood or Family Services. The Early Childhood emphasis focuses on child development, child guidance, curriculum planning, and teaching young children. The Family Services emphasis focuses on three areas including human development through the lifespan, family relationships, and skills for intervening and helping individuals and families.

Potential careers and career areas for FLHD majors include: 


  • Teacher
  • Administrator
  • Education consultant
  • Curriculum developer/specialist
  • Youth counselor
  • Camp director/counselor


  • Human resources specialist
  • Training and development specialist
  • Business owner

Social & Human Services

  • Family life consultant
  • Family home child care provider
  • Child care specialist
  • Family life educator (parenting, premarital education, marital enrichment, nutrition and health education, sex education, etc.)
  • Child & family therapist
  • Gerontology (working with older adults in community centers, living facilities, hospitals, and hospice)
  • Social services worker (substance abuse, mental health, child and family services, etc.)
  • Caseworker
  • Counselor
  • Probation officer/community corrections counselor

"Throughout my time in the Family Life and Human Development program at SUU, I have enjoyed learning about family diversity, trauma, mental illness, child development, and other related topics while gaining experience in practicums and internships,” said SUU alumni Halee G. “My highly qualified professors not only challenged my academic ability but also developed personal relationships with me. They helped me gain a greater desire to make positive differences in the lives of children and families and the confidence to continue my education through graduate studies.”

FLHD students receive hands-on experience through working with children and families in academic service-learning opportunities, a variety of internships, and field experiences in the SUU preschool. Watch the Major Decisions: Family Life and Human Development video and visit SUU's Department of Family Life and Human Development to learn more.

Tags: College of Education and Human Development Family Life and Human Development

Related Posts