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Family & Consumer Economics

1,372 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
241 Master's Degrees Annually
#150 in Popularity
$52,700 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Family & Consumer Economics Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many family and consumer economics graduations there were in 2017-2018 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 1,372
Master’s Degree 241
Graduate Certificate 38
Doctor’s Degree 15
Associate’s Degree 5
Basic Certificate 2

What Family & Consumer Economics Majors Need to Know

People with careers related to consumer economics were asked what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. They weighted these areas on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the highest.

Knowledge Areas for Consumer Economics Majors

According to O*NET survey takers, a major in consumer economics should prepare you for careers in which you will need to be knowledgeable in the following areas:

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  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Food Production - Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.
  • Biology - Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.

Skills for Consumer Economics Majors

When studying consumer economics, you’ll learn many skills that will help you be successful in a wide range of jobs - even those that do not require a degree in the field. The following is a list of some of the most common skills needed for careers associated with this major:

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  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.

Abilities for Consumer Economics Majors

As you progress with your consumer economics degree, there are several abilities you should pick up that will help you in whatever related career you choose. These abilities include:

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  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

What Can You Do With a Family & Consumer Economics Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with consumer economics:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Farm and Home Management Advisors 7.7% $49,840

Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Family & Consumer Economics?

1,372 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
73% Percent Women
32% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities
This is a less frequently chosen undergraduate major. Only 1,372 students graduated with a bachelor’s degree in family and consumer economics in 2018, making it rank #150 in popularity. The major attracts more women than men. About 73% of the recent graduates in this field are female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of consumer economics majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Consumer Economics Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 54
Black or African American 157
Hispanic or Latino 173
White 881
International Students 35
Other Races/Ethnicities 72

Geographic Diversity

Students from other countries are interested in Consumer Economics, too. About 2.6% of those with this major are international students. The most popular countries for students from outside the country are:

  • China
  • South Korea
  • Vietnam
  • Japan
  • Canada

How Much Do Family & Consumer Economics Majors Make?

Bachelor’s Degree Starting Salary

The median early-career salary of family and consumer economics students with a bachelor’s degree is $33,400 a year according to 2017-2018 data from the U.S. Department of Education. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $30,000 (25th percentile) and $38,300 (75th percentile).

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Note that some of these people may have jobs that are not directly related to a consumer economics degree.

Salaries According to BLS

Consumer Economics majors often go into careers with median salaries of $52,700. This median refers to all degree levels, so you may expect those with a more advanced degree to make more while those with less advanced degrees will typically make less.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

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Some careers associated with consumer economics require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. Whatever the case may be, pursuing more education usually means that more career options will be available to you.

Find out what the typical degree level is for consumer economics careers below.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Bachelor’s Degree 24.1%
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Baccalaureate degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees carrying the title of Master. 3.5%
Master’s Degree 58.6%
Post-Master’s Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Master’s degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees at the doctoral level. 6.9%
Doctoral Degree 6.9%

Online Family & Consumer Economics Programs

In 2017-2018, 38 schools offered a consumer economics program of some type. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 3 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 1 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 3 0
Bachelor’s Degree 5 4
Post-Baccalaureate 3 0
Master’s Degree 14 3
Post-Master’s 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 3 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Family & Consumer Economics Worth It?

The median salary for a consumer economics grad is $52,700 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 32% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $256,000 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to consumer economics.

Major Number of Grads
Human Development & Family Studies 44,209
Food, Nutrition & Related Services 5,451
General Family & Consumer Sciences 4,230
Textile & Apparel Studies 3,471
Housing 701
Human Sciences Business Services 466
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences (Other) 104
Work & Family Studies 0

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