Youth and Community Studies Career Paths

Career Engagement

If you want to work with children or in an educational setting without pursuing teacher certification, majoring in Youth and Community Studies (YCS) lays the groundwork for a rewarding career.

Many of our YCS alumni have become community organizers, program directors, public officials, union officials, labor organizers, environmental activists, and more. You may also consider graduate school in order to pursue careers in:

  • Counseling
  • Higher Education
  • Health Care/Medicine, including Nursing
  • Law
  • Planning
  • Policy Administration
  • Public Health
  • Social Work
  • Traditional Disciplines (Sociology, Anthropology, Politics)
  • Urban Studies

Remember, a degree does not equal a career. Employers often focus on the skills and experiences that you gained during your undergraduate experience, rather than on the degree itself.

Early Childhood

Special Populations


Youth and Social Services

Physical Education

If you are unsure of which career path is right for you, schedule an appointment with your Career Engagement Coordinator on Handshake. Also, consider connecting with YCS alumni on HookedIn. This is a terrific opportunity to learn how fellow Longhorns shaped their career paths.