Where Are They Now? The Results of an HDFS Alumni Survey

Kathleen Walker, Maureen Blankemeyer
2013 Family Science Review  
A key challenge of family science is to help students acquire a more thorough understanding of the field and career opportunities. To date, knowledge of family science graduates' professional experiences is primarily anecdotal. The goal of this study is to present empirical findings from an online survey completed by 216 human development and family studies (HDFS) undergraduate alumni. Most were employed in positions related to their degree or had pursued post-undergraduate education.
more » ... of a field experience was the only predictor of employment in an HDFS-related position. Income, fields of practice, job functions, and age groups with whom they work are reported for alumni employed in positions related to their degree. Significant differences were found between these alumni and graduates who had pursued additional education in the importance placed on areas of knowledge and skills in their current roles. Implications are discussed for family science faculty and researchers.
doi:10.26536/fsr.2013.18.02.03 fatcat:6u7eacsuvvc6lgo7opzzcktr2a