Family and consumer sciences communication professionals provide individual and families with information about money management, nutrition or other household topics. Read on to learn more about degree and career options in family and consumer sciences.
Family and consumer sciences, also known as home economics, is a multidisciplinary field focused on improving the quality of life for individuals and families. Family and consumer sciences communication is a sub-field. As a professional employed in the field, you'll use your media, messaging and writing skills to share research findings and other information about consumer advocacy issues, parenting, nutrition and money management.
If you pursue a career in family and consumer sciences communication, you might find employment in journalism, public relations, consumer advocacy or marketing. Other opportunities may be found in business, the nonprofit sector and public service. You could also put your skills and knowledge to use as a textbook author.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), jobs for public relations managers and specialists are expected to increase by an average rate nationwide between 2012 and 2022. During the same 10-year period, prospects for reporters and correspondents are projected to decrease by 13% across the country. As reported by the BLS, employment for writers and authors will increase by a slower-than-average rate from 2012-2022 (www.bls.gov).
Public relations specialists and managers earned median annual salaries of $54,940 and $98,700, respectively, as of May 2013, according to the BLS. Reporters and correspondents had a median annual income of $35,600, while writers and authors earned a median of $57,750 per year (www.bls.gov).
Bachelor's degree programs that can help you prepare for a career in family and consumer sciences may include a major, minor or concentration in communication or journalism that can teach you how to target information for specific public audiences. Some schools also offer undergraduate programs in consumer journalism that may cover topics in mass media and journalistic ethics. Family and consumer science courses typically include instruction in nutrition and parenting. Advanced-level studies may be found at schools that award master's and doctoral degrees in family and consumer sciences.