What is Community Development? - Scope and Career Opportunities

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What is Community Development?

What is Community Development?
Community development is the process where community members come together to strengthen the civil society by prioritising the actions of communities, and their perspectives in the development of social, economic and environmental policy.

Community development workers help communities to bring about social change and improve the quality of life in their local area.

Scope of Community Development:
Community development leads members to become more responsible, develop healthy lifestyles, empower, reduce poverty and economic opportunities.

Community work takes place in particular geographical areas, focusing on identifying their needs, issues and strategies. It can also be concentrated on a particular area in identifying the problems of the human being or region.

Career Opportunities:
Career in community development leads to getting jobs at schools, colleges and universities. They can also expect jobs at public, private and non-profit organisations. A community development degree program draws information from many fields including anthropology, urban studies and political science.

There are number of postgraduate programmes in community development, like  Masters degree in community development and Ph.D.

What are the job roles:

  • Community Development Worker
  • Development Service Technician
  • Social Science Research Assistant
  • Housing Program Assistant
  • Community Worker
  • Community Development Manager
  • Community Welfare Officer
  • Social Worker

Salary Range:
Starting salaries can be between £15,000 and £20,000 a year (approximately).

Who can apply for this:
Candidates with Bachelor degree in relevant discipline can apply for Master degree in community development.

Top Universities abroad offer Community Development course:

  • University of Glasgow
  • Victoria University
  • Portland State University
  • Murdoch University
  • University of Illinois


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