Career Information for a Degree in Human Sciences

The human sciences field is devoted to understanding human principles. Continue reading for an overview of potential human sciences majors as well as employment and salary statistics related to some career options for graduates.

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A general human sciences major may find jobs in marriage and family therapy, nutrition, or teaching. The degree level can vary, but most jobs for these individuals require at least a bachelor's degree.

Essential Information

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 (2014-2024)* 15% 16% for dietitians and nutritionists 4% for career and technical education teachers
Median Annual Salary (2015)* $48,600 $57,910 for dietitians and nutritionists $56,130 for career and technical education teachers, secondary school

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Career Options

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 15% job growth for these therapists from 2014-2024 (www.bls.gov). In May 2015, MFTs made a median annual salary of $48,600.


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 16% job growth from 2014-2024 as more Americans become interested in the benefits of a healthy diet. The median salary for nutritionists and dietitians in May 2015 was $57,910.

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 4% was projected for all career and technical education teachers over the 2014-2024 decade, according to the BLS. The bureau also reported that CTE teachers earned a median salary of $56,130 as of May 2015.

Human sciences is a broad discipline that typically encompasses social sciences, humanities, and possibly psychology. A graduate in this field may become a nutritionist, therapist, or family and consumer sciences teacher. Most of these jobs require licensure.

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