Business Family and Consumer Sciences
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Overview
Business family and consumer sciences is a program that focuses on the relationship between the economy and the consuming individual and family. includes instruction in consumption theory and practice, the production and distribution of retail goods and services, and the management of business enterprises.
Highlights
School with the highest reported median starting salary ($57K) with a Bachelor's Degree: Syracuse University
Career with the highest median salary ($91K) where most workers have a Bachelor's Degree: Facilities Managers
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Careers for program graduates
Business family and consumer sciences majors work in these careers, which are sized by percentage of majors in the career (at least 1%) and colored by the predominant level of education.
Elementary and Middle School S...Preschool and Kindergarten Tea...Specialized Social WorkersEducation and childcare admini...Specialized ManagersSecretaries and Administrative...Childcare WorkersRegistered NursesFirst-Line Supervisors of Reta...Educational, Guidance, and Car...Postsecondary TeachersDietitians and NutritionistsSocial and Community Service M...Labor Relations SpecialistsSecondary School TeachersCustomer Service Representativ...Teaching AssistantsAccountants and AuditorsFirst-Line Supervisors of Offi...Wholesale and Manufacturing Sa...Retail Salespersons
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Current completions
What level of degree do most graduates achieve, and do they match what your goals?
0501001502000-1 Year CertificateBachelor's DegreeMaster's DegreeResearch Doctorate
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Completions over time
Have completions for family and consumer sciences changed over time? Increasing completions may mean you'll likely have an easier time finding a school that offers this degree, with the opposite being true as well.
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Salary and Debt
Context: median salaries
How does the median (middle) salary for family and consumer sciences majors compare to the median salaries for other college majors?
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Distribution: family and consumer sciences majors' salaries by education level
What is the salary distribution for graduates with a bachelor's infamily and consumer sciences by the level of their highest degree (Graduate degrees may not be in the same field as the bachelor’s)
$59K$42K$66K$84K$0$50K$100K$150KBachelor'sMaster'sDoctorateProfessional
We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.
Is a bachelor's degree all you need?
Education level of workers with a bachelor's in family and consumer sciences
Is a bachelor's degree going to be sufficient to make you competative in the job market? We can look at the education level of workers with a bachelors in this degree to see if there is a likely need for a graduate degree. You'll also want to check out the careers section on this page to where they are employed.
This chart shows the level of education of workers with a bachelor's degree in family and consumer sciences. The worker's graduate degree may have been completed in a different field.
Education level of workers
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
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Context: Graduate degrees in any field by undergraduate ACS degree
About 32% of family and consumer sciences majors chose to also earn a graduate degree (possibly of a different major). The percentage of family and consumer sciences majors who also earned a graduate degree is higher than about 63% of other fields.
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Context: Percentage salary boost obtained with a graduate degree
How important is a graduate degree for earning a higher salary? We can see the difference in salary of workers with a bachelors in this degree to workers with a bachelor’s AND a graduate degree.
39%98%56%0%20%40%60%80%100%Bachelor's to Master'sBachelor's to DoctorateBachelor's to Professional
Careers
Top careers for those with a degree in family and consumer sciences
Following are the most frequent jobs held by people who earned a bachelor's degree in Family and Consumer Sciences (which combines 5 programs), though may not be limited to just those with a bachelor’s.
  1. Elementary and Middle School School Teachers
  2. Preschool and Kindergarten Teachers
  3. Specialized Social Workers
  4. Education and childcare administrators
  5. Specialized Managers
  6. Secretaries and Administrative Assistants
  7. Childcare Workers
  8. Registered Nurses
  9. First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers
  10. Educational, Guidance, and Career Counselors and Advisors
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Careers for family and consumer sciences majors
Where do family and consumer sciences majors work, and how well do those jobs pay? A ** in the job title indicates that the Department of Education recommends this job for this program.
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The top ten careers for workers with a bachelor's in family and consumer sciences
Take a minute to interact with this sankey diagram. Follow the top ten jobs held by family and consumer sciences graduates through to their most hired majors. Learn where it may easiest to find work. Expand the careers to explore other majors that might lead to the job that excites you the most. *For many majors, the top ten jobs don't even include half of graduates!*
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Elementary and Middl...Preschool and Kinder...Specialized Social W...Education and childc...Specialized ManagersSecretaries and Admi...Childcare WorkersRegistered NursesFirst-Line Superviso...Educational, Guidanc...All othersThis degreeTop 10 Careers
What careers hire family and consumer sciences majors as one of their top 10?
To the left of this diagram, see all careers that hire family and consumer sciences majors as one of their top 10 majors, and on the right, see what proportion of openings for the jobs on the left are filled by family and consumer sciences majors.
Family and Consumer Scien...All other degreesDietitians and Nutritioni...Preschool and Kindergarte...Social and Human Service ...Child, Family, and School...Specialized Social Worker...Mental Health CounselorsHealthcare Social WorkersMental Health and Substan...Occupational TherapistsClinical and Counseling P...All other careersDegreeDegree in top 10 employed
Where can I complete this degree
Explore schools that offer business family and consumer sciences degrees and certificates
You can use this table to find schools that offer this program based on location and program level offered. Each entry goes to a school page similar to this one with all our information about that school.
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The school list includes a few facts about each school that give you an idea of the educational quality each school might offer:

  • Student-Faculty Ratio: A small number of students per full-time instructor suggests individual attention for each student and an up-to-date curriculum.

  • Satisfaction Rate: A high percentage of returning first-year students should correlate with satisfaction (schools call this their retention rate).

  • Repayment Rate: A high repayment rate means most alumni earn enough to make progress repaying loans within 7 years of leaving.

We also show the total enrollment for the school as measured by full-time-equivalent (FTE) students enrolled annually.

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Careers for family and consumer sciences majors
family and consumer sciences is part of a larger collection of programs: Social Services and Public Administration. Is there a different program that's close to family and consumer sciences that might be a better match for your interests? You can use this table to see a little about the programs that fall under this umbrella. If you click on any of the table headers, that will sort the table by that column, or click on a row and see Ididio's profile for that program.
Gender
Gender of recent graduates
Of all people with any degree in business family and consumer sciences earned in the last academic year, 65% were women.
Gender
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Women
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Have completions by gender changed over time, or at specific levels of education?
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Context: Gender representation
How does the gender distribution in this major compare to all other majors?
89%11%0%20%40%60%80%100%WomenMen
Context: Percentage women
This major has a higher percentage of women than 63% other programs.
Distribution: salaries by gender
Does gender greatly influence your salary with this degree? The closer the bar are, the less discrepancy there is.
$47K$63K$0$50K$100K$150K$200K$250KWomenMen
Context: Salary inequity
For family and consumer sciences graduates, men have a 33% higher median salary than women, This is high: 88% of programs have graduates with lower salary inequities.
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Race/Origin
Race/Origin of recent graduates
Here is an overview of race/origin for all business family and consumer sciences graduates from this last academic year. We found a higher percentage of international graduates in this program than in 65% of other programs.
Race/Origin
White
Black
Pacific Islander
Hispanic
Asian
American Indian
Multiracial
Not Reported
International
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International
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American Indian
Asian
Hispanic
Pacific Islander
Black
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Context: Percentage of Minority Graduates
Minority students comprise a higher percentage of graduates than in 61% of other programs.