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Careers in Family and Consumer Sciences

The job titles which follow are those which EIU 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 & Textiles Design
Consumer Studies
Hospitality Management
Family Services
Financial Literacy
Teacher Certification


  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 Fabric 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 Concentration

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 Advisor

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 Preplanning 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


  1. Some of these positions require a graduate degree or additional certifications/credentials.
  2. The B.S. in FCS-Family Services degree is NOT equivalent to a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree. However, the FCS-Family Services degree provides a solid foundation for students who choose to pursue a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree.


Financial Literacy Concentration

Provides students with knowledge and skills to assist individuals and families.  Graduates from this program will have diverse career opportunities in profit and non-profit organizations, as well as government agencies. 

Career Titles


Claims Adjusters, Appraisers, Examiners, Investigators

Consumer Credit Counselor

Consumer Investigator

Customer Service Representative


Financial Aid Advisor/Coordinator

Financial Clerk


Insurance Agent

Insurance Underwriter

Loan Officer

Personal Financial Manager

Property Manager

Real Estate Appraiser/Assessor

Real Estate Broker/Sales Agent

*Note: Some occupations may require additional training and/or licensure.


  Merchandising Concentration

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 Advisor is Donna Dawson, djdawson@eiu.edu Klehm Hall Rm 1021.