What can I do with my FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCE degree?

What can I do with my FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCE degree?

Southeastern Offers Three Concentration Areas

  • Family Studies
  • Fashion Merchandising
  • Vocational Family and Consumer Sciences

Employers of Family and Consumer Science Majors

  • School Systems
  • Government Agencies
  • Human or Social Service Organizations
  • Community Centers
  • Church or Religious Organizations
  • Private Homes or Family Day Care Centers
  • Nursery School or Mother's Day Out Programs
  • Restaurants or Speciality Food Shops
  • Family Service Agencies
  • Hospitality Industry
  • Retail Stores
  • Textile & Apparel Manufacturers
  • Fashion Consulting Firms
  • Fashion Press
  • Boutiques

Related Occupations for Family and Consumer Science Majors

Some of these occupations may require additional education at Graduate or Professional schools. For information on qualifications and career specifics consult the Occupational Outlook Handbook or other career resources. Also, take advantage of career counseling offered by the Center for Student Excellence.

4-H Agent Educator Outreach Worker
Apparel Designer Fabric Buyer Parent Educator
Apparel Production Fashion Consultant Pattern Designer/ Maker
CAD Designer Fashion Coordinator Piece Goods Buyer
Caseworker Fashion Illustrator Recipe Developer
Caterer Food Editor Retail Buyer
Child Advocate Food Service Manager Sales
Child Care Director Gerontology Outreach Worker Specialty Food Manager
Child Life Specialist Home Economist Store Manager
Clothing Specialist Home Management Advisor Teacher
Community Service Worker Hotel Manager Textile Designer
Consultant Human Development Consultant Textile Laboratory Technician
Consumer Consultant Inspector Textile Manufacturer
Costume Designer Kitchen Supervisor Textile Stylist
Customer Relations Manufacturers Rep. Tour Director
Display Designer Nursing/Retirement Facility Program Director Travel Specialist
Early Child Development Intervention Nutritional Consultant  

Preparing for a Job in Family and Consumer Science

  1. Seek work related experience particularly in summer camps or special needs areas.
  2. Consider taking counseling or social work courses as minor or double major.
  3. Acquire teaching certification.
  4. Learn federal, state and local job application process.
  5. Develop communication, computer and organizational skills.
  6. Pursue an internship with target population.
  7. Cultivate skills in working with a variety of people.
  8. Consider taking courses in biology or chemistry.
  9. Develop sketching ability.
  10. Develop a career portfolio.
  11. Keep up with current trends in your discipline by attending style shows, exhibits, fairs, historic houses, visiting museums and art galleries.
  12. Participate in study tours to fashion market centers or companies.
  13. Learn garment construction.
  14. Develop eye for detail, sense of color and style.
  15. Volunteer in a social service agency or as an advocate for children or the elderly, etc.
  16. Obtain part-time employment in clothing store or community service agency.


Program Overview   Contact Information
Family and Consumer Science   Department of Counseling and Human Development
    College of Education and Human Development
    On Campus: White Hall, Room 108
    Telephone: 985-549-2309

Links for Family and Consumer Science Majors