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Family and Consumer Scientists

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The U.S. Department of Labor predicts faster than average employment growth for postsecondary teachers, and average employment growth for elementary and middle school teachers through 2024. Job opportunities for food technologists are expected to grow more slowly than the average for all careers through 2024. The demand for family and consumer scientists will be highest for specialists in marketing, merchandising, family and consumer resource management, food service and institutional management, dietetics, environment and shelter, and textiles and clothing. Also, with the elderly population growing, family and consumer scientists will be actively involved in social services, gerontology, home health care, adult day services, and other programs that improve the quality of life for older people.

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