Where are Family Life Educators Employed?

Family life educators work in a variety of settings. They bring comprehensive family training to a myriad of employment sectors and job classifications. Often, CFLEs work in the following venues.

  • Practice - teaching, education, research/scholarship, program or curricula development,
  • Administration - leadership or management, organizing, coordinating, and
  • Promotion - public policy, lobbying, advocating for system change and awareness.

Career opportunities for CFLEs

Family Life Education takes place in a variety of settings. There are probably numerous instances of family life education occurring in your community on any given day. There are family life educators working in health care settings - doing workshops and classes in hospitals, in community education, in faith communities, in junior and senior high schools, in colleges and universities, in social service agencies, in corporate settings, in government agencies, in corrections, in retirement communities and in the military.


Business, Consumer & Family Resources ServicesEmployee Assistance programs, Corporate Day Cares, Consumer Protection Agencies, Family Financial Counseling & Planning Agencies, Food Assistance Programs, Research positions.

Community-Based Social ServicesYouth Development Programs, Adoption Agencies, Foster Care Programs, Teen Pregnancy Services, Welfare Assistance, Vocational Rehabilitation & Job Training, Adult Day Care, Gerontology and Long-Term Care Programs.

Early Childhood EducationDay Care Centers, Head Start Programs, Montessori Schools, Child Development Organizations.

EducationPublic School Teaching in Family & Consumer Sciences with state licensure, University Teaching, Family Science Research, Family Life Education, Sexuality Education, Parenting Education, Marriage & Family Enrichment Programs, Curriculum Development, community education.

Faith-Based OrganizationsMinistry, Family Life Education, Parenting Education, Youth Programs.

Family InterventionIndividual & Family Therapy Support Services, Crisis & Hotline Services, Divorce Mediation, Abuse Protection Services, Drug & Alcohol Prevention Programs, Residential Treatment Programs.

Government & Public PolicyFamily Policy Analysis, Child Welfare Advocacy, Cooperative Extension Specialist, Military Family Support Services, Departments of Child & Family Services, Parent Coordination.

Health Care & Family WellnessPublic Health Programs & Services, Hospital Based Family Support, Nutrition Education, Prenatal and Maternity Services, Holistic Health Centers, Long-Term Care Settings, Hospice Programs.

International Education & DevelopmentInternational Family Policy, Peace Corps and NGO Leadership, Global Family Planning Programs, International Human Rights Advocacy, Immigration & Migrant Families Services.

ResearchGrant Proposal Writing, Academic and Government Research in Family Science, Population Studies & Demographic Research, Community-Based Research for Non-Profit Family Agencies, Program Evaluation & Assessment.

Writing & CommunicationCurriculum & Resource Development in Family Life Education, Media and Technology Settings, Newspaper & Magazine Writing.

National Council on Family Relations. (2009). Careers in Family Science. Minneapolis, MN: Author.

NCFR resources about family science careers

The Careers in Family Science booklet provides information on family science as a discipline and profession. It includes information helpful when considering undergraduate and graduate degree programs as well as career options for each degree level. An article on the job search process provides tips for resume preparation and the interview process. Helpful profiles of NCFR members and CFLEs working in the field provide real-life examples of family career options. Individual copies are free with payment of shipping.

The Family Life Education Employers brochure describes family life education and the benefits of hiring a Certified Family Life Educator. It is a great resource for promoting the CFLE credential to employers. Free copies of the brochure are available by emailing our mailroom.

FLE Employer Brochure

The CFLE Employer brochure helps explain family life education and the CFLE designation to employers. Contact the NCFR office for free copies.

Careers in Family Science

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