General Family & Consumer Sciences

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Total Degrees​
Awarded in 2016

4,588

growing 5.81%

Median In-State​
Public Tuition

$5,814

growing 3.19%

Median Out-of-State​
Private Tuition

$29,320

declining 0.303%

Average Wage

$53,520

growing 7.88%

People in Workforce

379,676

growing 4.44%

Average Employee Age

42.7

declining 0.403%

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The locations with the highest concentration of General Family & Consumer Sciences degree recipients are Long Beach, CA, Tuscaloosa, AL, and Los Angeles, CA. The locations with a relatively high number of General Family & Consumer Sciences degree recipients are Bozeman, MT, Charleston, IL, and Cleveland, MS. The most common degree awarded to students studying General Family & Consumer Sciences is a bachelors degree.

Institutions

Information about the types of higher education institutions that grant degrees in General Family & Consumer Sciences and the types of students that study this field. California State University-Long Beach awards the most degrees in General Family & Consumer Sciences in the US, but North Carolina Central University and Montana State University have the highest percentage of degrees awarded in General Family & Consumer Sciences.

Tuition costs for General Family & Consumer Sciences majors are, on average, $5,814 for in-state public colleges, and $29,320 for out of state private colleges.

The most common sector, by number of institutions, that offers General Family & Consumer Sciences programs are Public, 4-year or above institutions (91 total). The most common sector, by number of degrees awarded, is Public, 4-year or above (4,415 completions).

Institutions

Institution with the Most Degrees Awarded in General Family & Consumer Sciences

The most common sector, by number of degrees awarded in General Family & Consumer Sciences, is Public, 4-year or above (4,415 completions).

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Tuition Costs for Common Institutions

$5,814

Median In-State Public

$29,320

Median Out of State Private

California State University-Long Beach has the most General Family & Consumer Sciences degree recipients, with 401 degrees awarded in 2016.

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Specialized Colleges

Out of all institutions that offer General Family & Consumer Sciences programs and have at least 5 graduates in those programs, North Carolina Central University and Montana State University have the highest percentage of degrees awarded in General Family & Consumer Sciences, with 8.79% and 7.05%, respectively.

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Degrees Awarded by County

Counties with the Most Degrees Awarded in General Family & Consumer Sciences

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Growth in Awarded Degrees

Counties with the Fastest Growing Number of Degrees Awarded

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Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Human Sciences graduates and on wages and locations for those in the field.

The average salary for Human Sciences majors is $53,520 and the most common occupations are Elementary & middle school teachers, Preschool & kindergarten teachers, and Social workers.

The industry that employs the most Human Sciences majors is Elementary & secondary schools, though the highest paying industry, by average wage, is Broadcasting (except internet).

Wages

Yearly Income for Common Jobs

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$53,520

Average Wage in Workforce

± $2,274

7.88%

1 Year Growth

± 5.3%

The average salary for Human Sciences majors is $53,520 and the most common occupations are Elementary & middle school teachers, Preschool & kindergarten teachers, and Social workers.

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Highest Paying Locations

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Occupations

Most Common

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The most common occupations Human Sciences majors, by number of employees, are Elementary & middle school teachers, Preschool & kindergarten teachers, and Social workers.

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Most Specialized

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Compared to other majors, there are an unusually high number of Human Sciences majors working as Dietitians & nutritionists, Preschool & kindergarten teachers, and Social workers.

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Highest Paid

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Occupations by Share

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379,676

2017 Workforce

± 15,109

4.44%

1 Year Growth

± 5.45%

The number of Human Sciences graduates in the workforce has been growing at a rate of 4.44%, from 363,544 in 2016 to 379,676 in 2017.

The largest single share of Human Sciences graduates go on to work as Elementary & middle school teachers (12.5%). This chart shows the various jobs filled by those with a major in Human Sciences by share of the total number of graduates.

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Industries

Most Common

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Highest Paid

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Industries by Share

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379,676

2017 Workforce

± 15,109

4.44%

1 Year Growth

± 5.45%

The number of Human Sciences graduates in the workforce has been growing at a rate of 4.44%, from 363,544 in 2016 to 379,676 in 2017.

The industry which employs the most Human Sciences graduates by share is Elementary & secondary schools, followed by Child day care services. This visualization shows the industries that hire those who major in Human Sciences.

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Specialty Locations

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This map shows the public use micro areas (PUMAs) in the United States where there are a relatively high population of Human Sciences majors.

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Diversity

Demographic information on those who earn a degree in Human Sciences in the US. The average age of a person in the workforce with a degree in Human Sciences is 42.7, and the most common degree type these workers hold is a Bachelors Degree. Female employees are more likely to hold Human Sciences degrees, and White students earn the majority (2,482) of the degrees.

Workforce Age

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42.7

Average Age in 2017

± 0.536 Years

0.403%

1 Year Change

± 1.79%

This chart shows distribution of ages for employees with a degree in Human Sciences. The most common ages of employees with this major are 25 and 33 years old, which represent 3.31% and 3.1% of the population, respectively.

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Degrees Awarded

The most common degree types awarded to students graduating in General Family & Consumer Sciences are Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, and Associates Degree.

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Workforce Degrees

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The most common degree types held by the working population in Human Sciences are Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, and Professional degree.

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Gender Imbalance for Common Institutions

Female (88.9%)

Most Common Gender with a Degree in this Field

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Race & Ethnicity by Degrees Awarded

Most Common Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    2,482 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    840 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    628 degrees awarded

This chart shows the number of degrees awarded in General Family & Consumer Sciences for each race & ethnicity. White students earned the largest share of the degrees with this major.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Race/Ethnicity and Gender Combination

  1. White Female

    1,944 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American Female

    610 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino Female

    494 degrees awarded

This chart illustrates the differences by gender for each race & ethnicity of Bachelors Degree recipients in General Family & Consumer Sciences. White Female students, who earn most of the degrees in this field, are the most common combination of race/ethnicity and gender.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Countries of Origin

  1. Mexico

    5,371 degree recipients

  2. India

    4,934 degree recipients

  3. Korea

    3,769 degree recipients

High Relative Number of Students

  1. South Africa

    5.75 times more than expected

  2. Korea

    4.27 times more than expected

  3. Hong Kong

    2.81 times more than expected

There are a relatively high number of people that were born in South Africa that hold Human Sciences degrees (5.75 times more than expected), and the most common country of origin by total numbers for non-US students earning a degree in this field is Mexico (5,371 degree recipients).

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for those working in the General Family & Consumer Sciences field from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. General Family & Consumer Sciences majors need many skills, but most especially Active Listening. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that General Family & Consumer Sciences majors need more than the average amount of Science, Management of Financial Resources, and Operation and Control.

These two visualizations, one a radial chart and one a bar chart, show the same information, a rating of how necessary the following skills are for General Family & Consumer Sciences majors. Toggle between "value" and "RCA" to see the absolute rating of that skill (value) and the revealed comparative advantage (RCA), or how much greater or lesser that skill's rating is than the average. The longer the bar or the closer the line comes to the circumference of the circle, the more important that skill is. The importance of Science is very distinctive for majors, but the Active Listening, Reading Comprehension, and Active Learning are the three most important skills for people in the field.

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