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Family and Consumer Sciences

The Field

Family and Consumer Science is a broad area of study that focuses on the needs, wants and behaviors of people and their relationship with the economic and social world.

To succeed in Family and Consumer Science, students should possess a keen interest in the drivers of human behavior along with strong critical thinking, communication, and interpersonal skills.

The Family & Consumer Sciences Program at Skyline College

The Family and Consumer Science Associate Degree program is a cultural core program which provides transfer opportunities in five possible areas: clothing and textiles, child development and family relations, food and nutrition/food services, design and housing, and general family and consumer science.

A certificate in Family and Consumer Science endorses a foundation for paid employment in many entry-level jobs in the above mentioned fields. Advanced education, depending on the area of specialization, opens the door to jobs in industry, business, government, education, and private agencies.

Career Outlook

Working in the field of family and consumer sciences provides a unique opportunity to explore and understand a variety of aspects of human behavior. A degree or certificate in family and consumer sciences can prepare you for a variety of careers.

The State of California Employment Development Department provides an online Occupational Guide that provides helpful job descriptions, job outlooks and wages, and qualification requirements for a wide variety of careers. Use this guide to find more information about a career that may interest you.