Family & Consumer Sciences

Career Opportunities 

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Graduates of the family life education option may work in a variety of settings, agencies, or programs such as:

  • community-based/adult education
  • marital and family counseling
  • child-care
  • youth programs
  • adoption/foster care
  • family crisis centers
  • health and human services
  • parks and recreation
  • health care settings
  • elder care agencies or hospice programs
  • non-profit organizations
  • immigration and migrant family services

Family life education graduates may have job titles such as:

  • Boys & Girls Club Director
  • Big Brothers & Sisters Director
  • Healthy Beginnings Home Visitor
  • Parent Educator
  • YMCA and Summer Camp Youth Program Leader
  • 4-H Trainer and Volunteer Coordinator
  • Child Life Specialist
  • Domestic Violence Victim Advocate
  • Consumer Advocate


Graduates with the teacher education certification might choose to teach in middle, junior or senior high school. In addition, they are prepared for positions in technical institutions or in community colleges. Family & Consumer Sciences educators teach subjects such as:

  • parenting and child development
  • family and personal relationships
  • food and nutrition
  • personal finance
  • career development
  • tourism and recreation
  • clothing and textiles
  • housing and interior design 

Job Prospects

There is a shortage of family & consumer sciences teachers. This shortage is projected to continue for at least the next 5 or more years. Of our graduates, 100% have found employment in the field immediately after graduating, if not prior to graduating. Annual starting salary is approximately $35,000-40,000.


For more information about possible careers in family & consumer sciences, see the following resources:

American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences

National Council on Family Relations

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