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Family & Consumer Science

family and consumer science

“Family and consumer sciences (FCS) is the comprehensive body of skills, research, and knowledge that helps people make informed decisions about their well being, relationships, and resources to achieve optimal quality of life. The field represents many areas, including human development, personal and family finance, housing and interior design, food science, nutrition, and wellness, textiles and apparel, and consumer issues.”  – American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences.

FCS professionals work in these fields: apparel and textile design, apparel and textile merchandising, dietetics, education, food and nutrition sciences, human development and family science, hospitality, interior design, nutrition and fitness, communications, and consumer economics and financial planning.

MCC’s Family & Consumer Science program

This program provides a solid foundation of freshman and sophomore coursework that’s fully transferable, so you can complete a bachelor’s degree at a four-year college or university. In MCC’s courses, you’ll be exposed to the world of family and consumer science through lectures, class discussions, demonstrations, and group activities.

  • A two-year Liberal Arts Associate of Arts (AA) transfer degree for those who want to transfer their MCC credits and complete a baccalaureate/bachelor’s degree at a university.

The link under Degrees Awarded (below) specifies our course requirements.

Admissions Partnership Program with Iowa State, UNI and Iowa

MCC participates in the Admissions Partnership Program with Iowa State University, the University of Northern Iowa and the University of Iowa to enable MCC students to transfer credits seamlessly to any of the state universities. Participants are dual-enrolled at MCC and the university with access to academic advising and student services at both institutions. The universities guarantee admission into the desired degree program, provided all requirements are met. Ask the MCC Admissions Office for more information!

Family & Consumer Science Careers & Job Outlook

In general, employment of those in family and consumer science careers is expected to be steady through 2028. Job prospects increase with advanced degrees and proficiency in specialized areas such as communications, nutrition, graphic design, sociology, economics, or business. Follow these links to find additional up-to-date information on the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook web pages:

Other potential jobs in the field

4-H Agent, Outreach Worker, Parent Educator, Child Advocate, Caterer, Home Economist, Apparel Production, CAD Designer, Fashion Coordinator, Piece Goods Buyer, Sales, Child Care Director, Gerontology Outreach Worker, Specialty Food Manager, Child Life Specialist, Clothing Specialist, Home Management Advisor, Community Service Worker, Caseworker, Textile Designer, Consultant, Human Development Consultant, Textile Laboratory Technician, Consumer Consultant, Inspector, Textile Manufacturer, Fabric Buyer, Fashion Illustrator, Costume Designer, Fashion Consultant, Kitchen Supervisor, Textile Stylist, Customer Relations, Manufacturers Representative, Store Manager, Tour Director, Display Designer, Nursing/Retirement Facility Program Director, Pattern Designer, Recipe Developer, Travel Specialist, Early Child Development Interventionist, and Nutritional Consultant.

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