While many colleges and universities have human sciences departments or divisions, few feature degree programs specifically in human sciences. Instead, programs offered under the umbrella of human sciences cover a variety of related yet diverse fields of study, including nutritional and social sciences, fashion and interior design, human development and family studies, hospitality and retail management, and teaching. Coursework common to these programs might include:
- Adulthood and aging
- Life cycle nutrition
- Psychosocial development
- Research methodology
- Work and family
|Career Titles||Marriage & Family Therapists||Nutritionists||Family and Consumer Sciences Teachers|
|Education Requirements||Master's degree in marriage and family therapy, psychology, social work or counseling||Bachelor's degree in dietetics, clinical nutrition or food service systems management||Bachelor's degree in family and consumer sciences education|
|Licensure Requirements||Most states require licensure||Most states require licensure||State licensure required to teach in public schools|
|Projected Job Growth (2012-2022)*||31%||21% (for dietitians and nutritionists)||9% (for career and technical education teachers)|
|Median Annual Salary (May 2013)*||$48,160||$55,920 (for dietitians and nutritionists)||$55,120 (for career and technical education teachers, secondary school)|
Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
A degree in a human sciences-related field could lead to work in dozens of fields. Graduates might pursue opportunities such as marriage and family therapist, nutritionist or family and consumer sciences teacher.
Marriage and Family Therapist
Marriage and family therapists (MFTs) use their knowledge of human psychology, childhood development and conflict resolution techniques to help families and married couples restore emotional balance in their relationships. They might employ strategies such as group therapy sessions, guided behavior modification or referral to psychiatric professionals.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), increasing coverage from insurance companies for marriage and family therapy could contribute to 31% job growth for these therapists from 2012-2022 (www.bls.gov). In May 2013, MFTs made a median annual salary of $48,160.
Nutritionists are experts on how foods affect the human body. They design eating regimens for athletes, patients and clients, help people make informed decisions about their eating habits and prepare reports about the nutritional offerings of student cafeterias.
The BLS reported that dietitians and nutritionists could see 21% job growth from 2012-2022 as more Americans become interested in the benefits of a healthy diet. The median salary for nutritionists and dietitians in May 2013 was $55,920.
Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher
Family and consumer sciences teachers instruct students in life skills, such as budgeting, cooking, caring for children and sewing. They typically work at the middle or high school levels and have many of the same responsibilities as core teachers, including developing lesson plans, grading tests and assignments, and maintaining a safe and engaging classroom environment.
Slower-than-average job growth of 9% was projected for all career and technical education teachers over the 2012-2022 decade, according to the BLS. The bureau also reported that CTE teachers earned a median salary of $55,120 as of May 2013.