Family and consumer science, also popularly known as home economics or human sciences, is an educational program, which brings together the concepts of social and natural science. This field includes many disciples like consumer science, nutrition, food preparation, parenting, early childhood education, family economics and resource management, human development, textiles, apparel design, interior design along with other related subjects.

Apparel and Textiles
This program teaches people to work with clothing and fabric. In these you study about the actual production process of fabrics and different types of textiles along with that you learn the technical skills and latest technological developments. This program is offered by around 100 schools in the US. The various careers available are buyers and purchasing agents, costume and wardrobe specialists, fashion designers, interior designers, marketing managers, sewing machine operators, tailors and upholsterers. Engineers, merchandisers and designers are expected to find the maximum number of job opportunities in this field.

Family and Consumer Economics and Related Studies
This program teaches the students about microeconomic analysis behavior in units of consumers, families, or individuals. They are taught about the consumer buying patterns. The students learn to analyze and identify the needs, behaviors, and problems faced by consumers. A student can opt for bachelors, masters and doctoral degree. This course provides careers as an Economist, Market Research Professional, and Economics Teacher. The median annual salary of an economist is $84,000. While the national average salary for marketing researchers is $53,006 and postsecondary Economics Teachers is $81,000.

Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences Business Services
In family and consumer sciences program the relation between individuals, families, communities, and the environment in, which an individual lives in, are studied. This field provides a diverse career for the students including family financial planning and nutrition and human psychology and development.

A student can opt for a bachelor or master's degree for this course either as a consumer science major degree or combined family and consumer science degree. Various doctoral level degrees are also available for consumer science major degree. This course provides careers as a teacher, dietician, nutritionist and fashion retail manager. The student can also go for teaching economics in high school or a registered dietician in a hospital. Certain careers like educator require a state license or certification. The average salary for a dietician and nutritionists is $54,000, which is expected to increase by 9% in the near future. While the middle school career and technical education teachers, including consumer science teachers, have a median income of $52,000, and secondary school career has an income of $55,000.

Family and consumer sciences/ human sciences
This program teaches individuals about how to develop and behave in different settings. They learn different ways about how people respond and relate to their family, work, or community. They use this knowledge to protect and support consumers, as well as sell the products and services. As the field is extensive, it provides a wide scope of opportunities. Various career options available for these courses are Child Care Workers, Dietitians, Home Health Aides, Marketing Managers, Public Relations Specialists, Sales Managers, Sales Worker Supervisors, Social and Human Service Assistants, and Writers. The jobs in such areas are expected to grow about 18 percent in the near future. Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences- Other This program teaches students the concept required to maintain a wholesome family structure and prosper. The various types of courses studied in this program are Mathematics, Child development, Statistics, Money management techniques, Quantitative research methods, Cooking skills, Clothing design and creation, Interior design, Economics, Teaching methods, Family dynamics and Home safety. The students can have different career in the fields like social workers, home economics teachers, personal finance advisors, and health educators. The median annual salary for health educators is around $49,000.

Foods- Nutrition- and Related Services
The emphasis of this program is on food and nutrients, wellness, managing hospitality companies, customer service and marketing, human behavior and food maintenance. In this program, as a student we learn about food, nutrition, and wellness studies from various angles like scientific, psychological, sociological and educational. This program provides you career as dietetic technicians, dietitians, management advisors, high school teachers, public relations specialists and social and community service managers. Food service managers earn more than $77,000, while the nutritionists and dieticians earn more than $74,000 in a year.

Housing and Human Environments
In this program the students learn how to fulfil the needs of individuals looking for housing or spaces for recreation or work purposes. It teaches the individuals about how to consider people's homes and other interior environments in a broad and thorough way. Less than 20 schools in the U.S. offer this program. It provides you career for architects, farm and home management advisors, interior designers and set and exhibit designers. The jobs in this area are expected to grow by eight percent in the near future. The top 10 percent of these professionals earn more than $104,000. While the middle 50 percent earn between $33,000 and $69,000.

Human Development- Family Studies- and Related Services
In this program the students learn about the external factors that influence the cognitive and emotional development of humans during various life stages. It focuses mainly on mental health, family dynamics, interpersonal relationships and social issues.
Work and Family Studies
Thought about the intricacies of human behavior, the relationship between family members and ways of enhancing their life are taught during the course of this program.

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