Bachelor of Applied Science Degree

Projected Career Growth

Local employers are excited by the mix of skills students will learn in the Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) in Child, Youth, and Family Studies program, and see great potential for these graduates to excel in the workplace. During the BAS development process, many local employers gave input on what should be in the curriculum, and the program heavily reflects their input.


New Department of Children, Youth, and Families in Washington

Governor Inslee signed HB 1661 on July 6, 2017 creating the Department of Children, Youth, and Families. The DCYF will restructure how the state serves at-risk children and youth with the goal of producing better outcomes in all Washington communities.

The department will be increasing their budget for staffing to reduce caseloads and better serve the community. This directly impacts the graduates of the BAS in Child, Youth, and Family Studies program by providing more career opportunities. Please visit the website of the Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families for more information.


King and Snohomish Counties

The number of reported openings in Snohomish and King counties that graduates of the Child, Youth, and Family Studies program would be great candidates for are huge, and also expected to grow.

The following chart highlights careers requiring bachelors degrees in related fields, such as the BAS in Child, Youth, and Family Studies.

Occupation Title Avg. Annual Salary** Total Average Annual Job Openings
(2013-2018)*
Total Average Annual Job Openings
(2018-2023)*
Preschool Teachers $30,470 228 236
Child, Family, and School Social Worker $48,387 106 104
Recreation Workers $29,664 86 81
Social and Community Service Managers $71,647 68 69
Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors $45,973 63 55
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers $48,072 47 45
Community and Social Service Specialist, All Other $47,596 33 33
Educational Administrators (Preschool/Child Care) $43,885 34 35
Total:   665 658

Sources: *Washington State Employment Security Department, Labor Market and Economic Analysis Division, Employment Projections: Long-Term Occupational Projections (2013-2023) for King and Snohomish Counties, WA

**Washington State Employment Security Department, Labor Market and Economic Analysis Division, 2015 Occupational employment and wage estimates For Seattle-Bellevue-Everett MD.