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    Careers in Family and Consumer Sciences

    The job titles which follow are those which EIU Home Economics/Family and Consumer Sciences graduates are holding, have held, or may be eligible to hold because of their education and experience. Some are entry-level positions which a new graduate could hold depending on types of experiences. Others require several years of experience and/or advanced degrees.

    Apparel & Textile Design
    Consumer Studies
    Hospitality Management
    Family Services
    Teacher Certificate


    Apparel & Textiles Design Option

    Coursework required for the Apparel & Textiles, Consumer Studies, Hospitality and Merchandising Option includes the option requirements, semester hours for the selected concentration and the completion of the related minor. This option prepares students for focused professional careers in management of businesses and services.

    Students must select from one of four concentrations: Apparel & Textiles Design, Consumer Studies, Hospitality Management and Merchandising.

    Career Titles


    Accessories Product Technician

    Assistant Frabric Specialist

    CAD Designer, Men's Woven Shirts

    Catalog Layout Assistant Designer

    Color specialist team


    Embroidery Work Order Coordinator

    Exhibit Booth Account Representative

    Fabric Planning Assistant

    Footwear Designer

    Jewelry Merchandise Planner

    Pattern Maker

    Pre-production Coordinator

    Print Designer

    Print Technologist

    Product Development Team

    Product Development Technical Support

    Production Inventory Planner

    Productions & Operations Manager

    Regulatory Assurance Manager


    Sample Maker

    Sourcing Specialist-Accessories

    Sourcing Specialist-Trim

    Technical Development Team

    Technical Sales Representative

    Technical Specifications

    Textile Laboratory Assistant

    Textile Print Designer

    Textile Quality Manager

    Trim Sourcer

    Visual and Store Design

    Wall Coverings Designer

    Web Site Design Team


    Consumer Studies Option

    Prepares students to meet the need for consumer studies professionals to represent, advocate, educate and empower consumers’ decisions, information, rights and responsibilities through career opportunities such as the following:

    Career Titles


    Accounts Supervisor

    Advertising Specialist

    Bank Manager

    Benefits Coordinator

    Better Business Bureau 

    Collections Coordinator

    University Financial Aid Officer

    Comparison Shopper


    Consumer Affairs Agency

    Consumer Communications Specialists

    Consumer Educator

    Consumer Law

    Credit Counselor

    Director of Consumer Affairs

    Dispute Resolution Specialist

    Energy Use Advisor

    Environmental Specialist

    Extension Consumer Specialist

    Family Financial Educator

    Financial Aid Counselor

    Health Claims Processor

    Insurance Claims Representative


    Legal Support Employee

    Legislative Assistant

    Loan Counselor

    Loss Prevention Manager

    Medical Sales Representative

    News Editor

    Public Policy Advocate

    Technical Sales Representative

    Trade and Consumer Services Manager

    Trade Associate Advocate

    University Financial Aid Officer

    Utilities Liaison


    Dietetics Option

    The undergraduate program in dietetics provides the knowledge and skills needed for participation in a dietetics internship and is the first step toward becoming a Registered Dietitian.

    Career Titles


    Clinical Dietitian

    Community Nutritionist

    Consultant Dietitian

    Corporate Wellness Program Director

    Director of Nutrition Services

    Director of Patient & Community Education

    Education Materials Writer

    Food Consultant Specialist

    Food Reporter/Editor

    Food Service Director

    Health Care Specialists

    Hospital Menu Planner

    Menu Planner

    Nutrition Support Dietitian

    Product Developer

    Product Marketing Specialist

    Product Specialists

    Product Test

    Research Dietitian

    Research Scientist

    School Lunch Program Director

    Sports Nutrition Specialist

    Teaching Dietitian

    Wellness Coordinator


    Hospitality Management Option

    The undergraduate program prepares students for management careers in hotels, restaurants, resorts, clubs, convention facilities, and the meeting planning industry.

    Career Titles


    Banquet Operations


    Catering Sales Representative

    Club Manager

    Commercial Caterer

    Convention Planner

    Convention Service Manager Assistant

    Corporate Travel Manager

    Dining Room Manager

    Director of Group Sales

    Event Planner

    Executive Housekeeper

    Facilities Manager

    Food & Beverage Manager

    Food Production Manager

    Food Products Representative

    Food Equipment Representative

    Food Service Administrator

    Front Desk Clerk

    Front Office Manager

    Group Sales Consultant

    Hotel Morning/Night Manager

    Hotel General Manager

    Hotel Security Manger

    Kitchen Designer

    Kitchen Manager

    Meeting Planner

    Purchasing Agent/Buyer

    Resort Manager

    Restaurant Manager

    Resort Manager

    Revenues Manager

    Rooms Division Manager

    Sales Manager

    Sales Representative

    Test Kitchen Administrator

    Theme Park Manager

    Tour Operations

    Travel Agency Manager


    Family Services Option

    Prepares students for professions that focus on individuals, children, parents and families throughout the life span and life cycle.

    Career Titles


     Alcohol and Drug Addiction Adult Client Services Coordinator

     Ambassador Family Specialist

    Behavior Health Intervention Services

    Care Coordination Services Consultant

    Child and Family Safety and Crisis Case Manager/Educator

    Child Behavior Aide

    Consumer & Family Adviser

    Department of Health and Human Services Activity Specialist

    Early Intervention/Service Coordinator

    Family Assessment Intake Worker

    Family Assessment Manager

    Family Case Worker Child Protective Services

    Family Development Specialist

    Family Planning Assistant for Planned Parenthood

    Family Preservation Specialist (Family Support Worker)

    Family Readiness Support Assistant for Military Personnel Services Corporation

    Family Self Sufficiency Coordinator for Housing Authority

    Family Service and Pre-planning Specialist

    Family Services Program Director

    Head Start Family Advocate

    Health Care Services Life Enrichment Aide

    In Home Family Services Consultant

    In-Home Family Specialist for People with Disabilities

    Medicaid Service Coordinator

    Recruiter Foster Family Services

    Residential Specialist-Human Trafficking Program

    School Operations Manager for PreK-Grade 8 Charter School

    Wraparound Services Specialist

    Youth Development Specialist for Juvenile Detention Center

    Youth Family Advocate

    *Some options may require additional education beyond the bachelor's degree.


    Merchandising Option

    Prepares students for careers in retail store management, purchase and allocate inventories, direct visual merchandising teams, and represent branded products.

    Career Titles


    Account Representative

    Apparel Import/Export Specialists

    Apparel Manufacturer’s Representative

    Assistant Buyer

    Brand Inventory Planner


    Customer Relations

    Comparison Shopper/ratings

    Product Review

    District Sales Manager

    Distribution Director

    Regional Sales Manager

    Facilities Manager

    Fashion Copywriter

    Furniture & Floor Sales

    Interior Design Sales

    Inventory Allocation

    Home Shopping Network Team

    Jewelry Merchandise Planner

    Licensing Director

    Commercial Lighting Sales

    Loss Prevention Operations

    Mall Manager

    Market Analysis


    Museum Curator - Costume Collection

    Career Wear Consultant

    Property Manager

    Purchasing Agent

    Retail Store Manager

    Retail Sales Associate-Accessories

    Retail Sales Associate-Apparel/Footwear

    Textile Laboratory Assistant

    Web Site Sales


    Teacher Certification

    Family & Consumer Sciences teacher certification emphasis in the Career & Technical Education major prepares you to teach high school level students in Family & Consumer Sciences and related areas. The adviser is Donna Dawson, djdawson@eiu.edu Klehm Hall Rm 1021.