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Careers Involving Home Economics

Instructor: Nicole May
Learn about the various careers that involve some component of home economics. Compare and contrast the job duties of these different careers, as well as their median salaries and expected job growth rates.

Career Options that Involve Home Economics

Home economics covers a wide variety of topics that are related to home management, such as nutrition, child development, interior design and food preparation. Therefore, there are several career options that involve one or more aspects of home economics. Explore some of the related career options below.

Job Title Median Salary (2016)* Job Growth (2014-2024)*
Interior Designers$49,8104%
Dietitians and Nutritionists$58,92014%
Chefs and Head Cooks$43,1809%
Childcare Workers$21,1705%
Budget Analysts$73,8403%
Tailors, Dressmakers and Custom Sewers$28,240-9% (Decline)

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Career Information for Jobs Involving Home Economics

Interior Designers

As the name implies, interior designers use home economics in the form of interior design as they plan and decorate indoor spaces. These designers work closely with their clients to plan projects that may include choosing paint colors, furniture, light fixtures and other furnishings for homes and/or businesses. Interior designers must also be aware of budgets and timelines for their work and ensure that the client is happy with the end result. These designers need a bachelor's degree in the field.

Dietitians and Nutritionists

Dietitians and nutritionists apply the nutritional side of home economics to their work with their clients. They help people improve their overall health by examining the food choices they are making and then educating them on proper nutrition and healthy eating habits. These professionals may help their clients plan meals according to personal budgets, discuss the role of nutrition in managing various health conditions and closely monitor a client's progress. Dietitians and nutritionists usually need a license and at least a bachelor's degree in the field.

Chefs and Head Cooks

Chefs and head cooks utilize the food preparation skills often taught in home economics, as well as planning financially for the meals they are creating. Chefs and head cooks plan menus, maintain inventory and ensure that they use the highest quality ingredients for their customers. They oversee the work of other cooks and kitchen staff members and make sure that their kitchens comply with all health and safety regulations. Chefs and head cooks can learn their trade on-the-job, through apprenticeships, or choose to earn a degree from culinary school, community colleges and other postsecondary institutions.

Childcare Workers

Childcare workers use the child development aspect of home economics as they work to care for children of various ages. Typically, they are watching children while the children's parents or families are working, which may require them to dress and feed children, take older kids to school and help with homework. These workers also plan fun, age-appropriate activities for the children in their care and ensure their safety until the parents are available to care for them. Depending on the state and/or the employer, some childcare workers do not need a formal education, while others need certification in a field like early childhood development.

Budget Analysts

Budget analysts take the financial side of home economics and home budgets to the next level as they plan budgets for various institutions. They must carefully monitor the organization's spending and check budgets and project proposals for accuracy and compliance with current laws and regulations. Budget analysts also try to plan for the institution's future financial needs and stay in close contact with management concerning the budget and finances. Most of these professionals need at least a bachelor's degree, but some may need a master's degree.

Tailors, Dressmakers and Custom Sewers

Tailors, dressmakers and custom sewers use many of the textile and sewing skills taught in home economics as they create and alter different pieces of clothing. These workers may design new pieces for clients, repair worn out or damaged clothing and make alterations like hemming sleeves or pant legs. They typically are skilled in sewing by hand and with a sewing machine. Most of these workers do not need a formal education and learn their craft on-the-job.

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