Family and Consumer Scientists


Employment Prospects


Those who teach family and consumer science can find work with public and private high schools, adult education programs, and consumer science college programs. Teachers also work for government extension programs. Those interested in business can find work with retail stores, supermarket chains, hotels, restaurants, food and appliance manufacturers, marketing companies, and research firms.

Starting Out

Most colleges and universities have career services offices to assist students and bring employers and graduates together. Many large firms go to campuses to interview prospective employees. The American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences offers job listings at its Web site, Those interested in teaching should seek certification and apply to school districts. Many students work in the field of family and consumer science during college by participating in internships or summer employment. Often, these connections prove valuable in acquiring a permanent job, either at that organization or a related one.

In retail sales and product management, you may have to start at the bottom of the ladder with a company, in an entry-level position. With some experience, you'll be able to move on to assistant manager, then into management.

Advancement Prospects

In teaching and government work, there is usually a set pattern of advancement based on training and experience. Additional qualifications and experience lead to salary increases and better positions. College-level teachers can work toward tenure, then toward a promotion to full professor. In business, advancement occurs on the basis of skills, additional education, and a family and consumer scientist's dedication to his or her work.

Tips for Entry

Read publications such as the Journal of Family & Consumer Sciences ( to learn more about trends in the industry and potential employers.

Join the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) to access training and networking resources, publications, and job listings at Attend the annual AAFCS Conference & Expo to network.

Become certified by the AAFCS to demonstrate that you have met the industry's highest standards.