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


Outreach Worker

Apparel Designer

Fabric Buyer

Parent Educator

Apparel Production

Fashion Consultant

Pattern Designer/ Maker

CAD Designer

Fashion Coordinator

Piece Goods Buyer


Fashion Illustrator

Recipe Developer


Food Editor

Retail Buyer

Child Advocate

Food Service Manager


Child Care Director

Gerontology Outreach Worker

Specialty Food Manager

Child Life Specialist

Home Economist

Store Manager

Clothing Specialist

Home Management Advisor


Community Service Worker

Hotel Manager

Textile Designer


Human Development Consultant

Textile Laboratory Technician

Consumer Consultant


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.

Links for Family and Consumer Science Majors

Contact Information

Department of Health and Human Sciences
White Hall Room 108
Tel: 985-549-2309