Leading to Many Career Choices: Family Studies


What Family Studies is

The core of Family Studies is the social construction of a family in Canada. It is a multidisciplinary program that explores the key issues pertaining to families, relationships and development across the lifespan. Within this course, you will get the opportunity to explore the literature, philosophy, psychology and the history of families in Western society. Also, you’ll gain necessary work skills such as critical thinking, communication and research. This program explores the ways in which individuals influence and are influenced by families, communities, cultures, institutions and societies by ideas, norms and values.

Family studies is reading and writing intensive. Students in family studies develop a critical lens through which they can build their awareness and make decisions with respect to the critical issues in the diverse society.

Career Prospects in Family Studies

Family studies open up a wide range of opportunities for students after graduation. It’s the most suitable program for you if you have a goal to get into social work.

 The main kinds of jobs that students enter after they graduate include:

  • Social worker – The main duties are to provide counselling, therapy and support to people and communities in need and address their issues. They earn about $73,000 annually. It is estimated that between 2019 and 2029, almost 3,000 job openings in this role are expected. The job market is gradually growing.
  • Journalist – Journalists investigate, research and report the latest trends to the world. They have an average annual salary of $55,000. As communities in Canada grow, so will the need for them.
  • Therapist – Therapists are people who provide support to individual people. They focus on a person’s mental wellbeing of individuals. They earn about $83,000 annually. 

After completing this course, students enjoy careers in fields like family law, psychology, social work and teaching. Other jobs that you can get with a degree in Family Studies such as:

  • Social policy researcher
  • Preschool teacher
  • Family interventionist
  • Protection and Support Service Provider

Further Education in Family Studies

With Langara’s Family Study Diploma, students may transfer the Diploma or Associate Degree to university in order to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in a related discipline.

Because of its relation to psychology and psychotherapy, the students can even become a psychiatrist by taking the additional certifications. With higher education credentials in your arsenal, there will be more career opportunities available to you. 

Admission Requirements

As an international student is what they call the “Category 3” English Level. There are different ways to prove you have this achieved, but in general, it’s a 6.5 average score in the IELTS.

The general requirements are:

  • English Language Requirement, Category 3; and
  • One or all of the following:
  • Successful completion of a BC secondary program (Grade 12) or the equivalent;
  • Be at least 19 years of age by the first day of the first semester of attendance; or
  • Successful completion of an ABE (Adult Basic Education) or GED (General Educational Development) program.

If you meet these requirements, you can apply for the Family Studies program.

Advantages of Family Studies

We study families in order to better understand ourselves and others. Going into the workforce with this degree in your hand makes you essentially prepared for jobs related to social work. You can head towards a more psychiatrist path and assist people to overcome their challenges, be a teacher or can work in the media as a journalist. You can choose from a variety of options.

Why Choose Langara

Langara has an experienced and knowledgeable faculty and that becomes the best reason to study this subject here. This program is unique in the BC College system, so you won’t find another program like it unless you look elsewhere in the country. 

The students that come out of the program are prepared for a lot of career options that are discussed earlier. Thanks to the instructors as they are thorough, inspirational and supportive. It’s a great institution to spend your post-secondary time in. Study this course and make a difference in other people’s lives!

Source: Langara Family Studies Career Opportunities in Child and Family Studies WorkBC Social Workers

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