Youth and Community Studies Career Paths

Many of our students want to work children or in an educational setting without pursuing teacher certification. Majoring in Youth and Community Studies (YCS) lays the groundwork for a rewarding career in government, non-profits, and social work.

Many YCS students have become Community Organizers, Program Directors, Public Officials, Lawyers, Academics, Union Officials and Labor Organizers, Police Officers, Nurses, Social Workers, Environmental Activists, Consultant Reporters, EPA Inspectors, and Elementary and Secondary School Teachers.

Additionally, YCS students often obtain graduate degrees in order to pursue careers in:

  • Counseling
  • Education
  • Health Care/Medicine
  • 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.

To connect with UT alumni from your major, visit HookedIn. This is a prime opportunity to learn how fellow Longhorns shaped their career paths.


If you are unsure of which career path is right for you, schedule an appointment with your Career Engagement Coordinator on Handshake.

Career Assessment

Texas Career Engagement is open to all University of Texas at Austin students. The center offers assessments designed to help you see how your personality, interests, and strengths fit with different kinds of careers. The two assessments offered are the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and the Strong Interest Inventory.  The fee to take both assessments is $40 and includes a workshop focused on interpreting the results.

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