Bureau of Labor Statistics

Field of degree: Family and consumer sciences

Family and consumer sciences field of degree. Employment: 477,410. Median annual wage: $40,000.

Family and consumer sciences field of degree. Employment: 477,410. Median annual wage: $40,000

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Table 1. Family and consumer sciences degree, 2018

Data

Family and consumer sciences

All fields

Employment

477,410 55,381,020

Median wage

$40,000 $59,000

Percent employed part time

23 15

Percent employed in occupations requiring at least a bachelor's degree

51 59

Percent with an advanced degree

32 37

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey.

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Chart 1. Types of family and consumer sciences major, 2018

Family and consumer sciences major

Major share

Family and consumer sciences

100%

Note: The sum of percents by major may not total 100 due to rounding.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey.

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Chart 2. Employment distribution of workers with a family and consumer sciences degree, by occupational group, 2018

Occupational group

Occupational group share

Educational instruction and library occupations

24%

Management occupations

13

Office and administrative support occupations

12

Healthcare practitioners and technical occupations

9

Community and social service occupations

8

Other

34

Note: The sum of percents by major may not total 100 due to rounding.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey.

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Table 2. Top-employing occupations for workers with a family and consumer sciences degree

Occupational Outlook Handbook profile

Percent growth, projected 2019–29

Typical entry-level education

Percent degree holders in this field, this occupation, 2018

Percent of this occupation with an advanced degree, 2018

Registered nurses

7% Bachelor's degree 2% 12%

Social workers, all other

5 Bachelor's degree 3 38

Teaching assistants, except postsecondary

4 Some college, no degree 2 7

Elementary school teachers, except special education

4 Bachelor's degree 13 50

Education administrators, kindergarten through secondary

4 Master's degree 3 55

Accountants and auditors

4 Bachelor's degree 2 26

Preschool teachers, except special education

2 Associate's degree 4 11

Childcare workers

2 High school diploma or equivalent 3 3

Personal service managers, all other; entertainment and recreation managers, except gambling; and managers, all other

-2 Bachelor's degree 2 21

Secretaries and administrative assistants, except legal, medical, and executive

-10 High school diploma or equivalent 3 4

Note: Occupational profiles may comprise multiple SOC occupations, which may have differing education categories.

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment Projections program (projected growth, entry-level education) and U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey (degree holders, advanced degrees).

Suggested citation:

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Field of degree: Family and consumer sciences,
at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/field-of-degree/family-and-consumer-sciences/family-and-consumer-sciences-field-of-degree.htm (visited October 11, 2021).

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