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Family and Consumer Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary

Family and Consumer Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary

Overview
Job Zone Five: Extensive Preparation Needed
Experience

Extensive skill, knowledge, and experience are needed for these occupations. Many require more than five years of experience. For example, surgeons must complete four years of college and an additional five to seven years of specialized medical training to be able to do their job.

Education

Most of these occupations require graduate school. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D. (law degree).

Job Training

Employees may need some on-the-job training, but most of these occupations assume that the person will already have the required skills, knowledge, work-related experience, and/or training.

Examples

These occupations often involve coordinating, training, supervising, or managing the activities of others to accomplish goals. Very advanced communication and organizational skills are required. Examples include pharmacists, lawyers, astronomers, biologists, clergy, neurologists, and veterinarians.

Teach courses in childcare, family relations, finance, nutrition, and related subjects pertaining to home management. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Salary Salary

Salary at 10th Percentile: $35K
Salary at 25th Percentile: $53K
Median Salary: $72K
Salary at 75th Percentile: $98K
Salary at 90th Percentile: $134K

Demand
Career Demand by State Career Demand by State Legend
Core Tasks

Evaluate and grade students' class work, laboratory work, projects, assignments, and papers.

Prepare and deliver lectures to undergraduate or graduate students on topics such as food science, nutrition, and child care.

Prepare course materials, such as syllabi, homework assignments, and handouts.

Initiate, facilitate, and moderate classroom discussions.

Keep abreast of developments in the field by reading current literature, talking with colleagues, and participating in professional conferences.

Plan, evaluate, and revise curricula, course content, course materials, and methods of instruction.

Compile, administer, and grade examinations, or assign this work to others.

Maintain student attendance records, grades, and other required records.

Advise students on academic and vocational curricula and on career issues.

Maintain regularly scheduled office hours to advise and assist students.

Conduct faculty performance evaluations.

Supervise undergraduate or graduate teaching, internship, and research work.

Perform administrative duties, such as serving as department head.

Select and obtain materials and supplies, such as textbooks.

Collaborate with colleagues to address teaching and research issues.

Conduct research in a particular field of knowledge and publish findings in professional journals, books, or electronic media.

Participate in student recruitment, registration, and placement activities.

Serve on academic or administrative committees that deal with institutional policies, departmental matters, and academic issues.

Act as advisers to student organizations.

Write grant proposals to procure external research funding.

Participate in campus and community events.

Compile bibliographies of specialized materials for outside reading assignments.

Provide professional consulting services to government or industry.

Technology Skills
Technology
Example
Hot Technology
Calendar and scheduling software
Calendar and scheduling software
Computer based training software
Sakai CLE
Data base user interface and query software
Data entry software
Electronic mail software
Microsoft Outlook
Information retrieval or search software
iParadigms Turnitin
Internet browser software
Web browser software
Office suite software
Microsoft Office
Optical character reader OCR or scanning software
Image scanning software
Presentation software
Microsoft PowerPoint
Spreadsheet software
Microsoft Excel
Web page creation and editing software
Social computing tools
Word processing software
Microsoft Word
Tools Used
Tool
Example
Audio and visual presentation and composing equipment
Liquid crystal display LCD projectors
Communications Devices and Accessories
Multi-line telephone systems
Components for information technology or broadcasting or telecommunications
Universal serial bus USB flash drives
Computer Equipment and Accessories
Computer laser printers
Consumer electronics
Liquid crystal display LCD televisions
Data Voice or Multimedia Network Equipment or Platforms and Accessories
Conference telephones
Developmental and professional teaching aids and materials and accessories and supplies
Money management software
Domestic appliances
Commercial dishwashers
Domestic kitchenware and kitchen supplies
Bakeware pans
Office machines and their supplies and accessories
Digital calculators
Photographic or filming or video equipment
Compact digital cameras
Top 10 Knowledge Required
English Language
92%
Importance

Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

Education and Training
86%
Importance

Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

Customer and Personal Service
75%
Importance

Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

Administration and Management
72%
Importance

Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

Psychology
72%
Importance

Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.

Mathematics
70%
Importance

Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

Computers and Electronics
69%
Importance

Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

Clerical
68%
Importance

Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.

Sociology and Anthropology
66%
Importance

Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.

Communications and Media
64%
Importance

Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.

Top 10 Skills
Speaking
83%
Importance

Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Active Listening
80%
Importance

Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Instructing
80%
Importance

Teaching others how to do something.

Learning Strategies
80%
Importance

Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.

Reading Comprehension
80%
Importance

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Critical Thinking
75%
Importance

Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Active Learning
73%
Importance

Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Writing
73%
Importance

Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Monitoring
70%
Importance

Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Complex Problem Solving
63%
Importance

Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Top 10 Abilities
Oral Expression
83%
Importance

The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

Written Comprehension
83%
Importance

The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

Oral Comprehension
80%
Importance

The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

Speech Clarity
80%
Importance

The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.

Written Expression
80%
Importance

The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

Deductive Reasoning
73%
Importance

The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

Inductive Reasoning
70%
Importance

The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

Near Vision
68%
Importance

The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

Problem Sensitivity
68%
Importance

The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

Speech Recognition
68%
Importance

The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.

Top 10 Work Activities
Training and Teaching Others
92%
Importance

Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.

Getting Information
85%
Importance

Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
84%
Importance

Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
81%
Importance

Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
80%
Importance

Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.

Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
79%
Importance

Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
79%
Importance

Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

Interacting With Computers
79%
Importance

Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

Coaching and Developing Others
78%
Importance

Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills.

Making Decisions and Solving Problems
76%
Importance

Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

Detailed Work Activities

Evaluate student work.

Develop instructional materials.

Teach social science courses at the college level.

Stay informed about current developments in field of specialization.

Attend training sessions or professional meetings to develop or maintain professional knowledge.

Guide class discussions.

Evaluate effectiveness of educational programs.

Develop instructional objectives.

Administer tests to assess educational needs or progress.

Prepare tests.

Maintain student records.

Advise students on academic or career matters.

Supervise student research or internship work.

Select educational materials or equipment.

Order instructional or library materials or equipment.

Research topics in area of expertise.

Promote educational institutions or programs.

Perform student enrollment or registration activities.

Serve on institutional or departmental committees.

Plan community programs or activities for the general public.

Compile specialized bibliographies or lists of materials.

Monitor performance of organizational members or partners.

Evaluate performance of educational staff.

Direct department activities.

Write articles, books or other original materials in area of expertise.

Write grant proposals.

Advise educators on curricula, instructional methods, or policies.

Work Context
Electronic Mail

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Contact With Others

How much does this job require the worker to be in contact with others (face-to-face, by telephone, or otherwise) in order to perform it?

Work With Work Group or Team

How important is it to work with others in a group or team in this job?

Structured versus Unstructured Work

To what extent is this job structured for the worker, rather than allowing the worker to determine tasks, priorities, and goals?

Face-to-Face Discussions

How often do you have to have face-to-face discussions with individuals or teams in this job?

Indoors, Environmentally Controlled

How often does this job require working indoors in environmentally controlled conditions?

Frequency of Decision Making

How frequently is the worker required to make decisions that affect other people, the financial resources, and/or the image and reputation of the organization?

Freedom to Make Decisions

How much decision making freedom, without supervision, does the job offer?

Coordinate or Lead Others

How important is it to coordinate or lead others in accomplishing work activities in this job?

Responsibility for Outcomes and Results

How responsible is the worker for work outcomes and results of other workers?

Education
Majors
Major
Family and Consumer Sciences/Home Economics Teacher Education
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General
Business Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences Communication
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences Business Services, Other
Family Resource Management Studies, General
Consumer Economics
Consumer Services and Advocacy
Family and Consumer Economics and Related Services, Other
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General
Human Nutrition
Foodservice Systems Administration/Management
Foods, Nutrition, and Related Services, Other
Housing and Human Environments, General
Human Development and Family Studies, General
Adult Development and Aging
Family Systems
Child Development
Child Care and Support Services Management
Apparel and Textiles, General
Apparel and Textile Manufacture
Textile Science
Work and Family Studies
Nutrition Sciences
Interests
Social
96%
Importance

Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.

Investigative
72%
Importance

Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.

Artistic
62%
Importance

Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.

Conventional
39%
Importance

Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.

Enterprising
39%
Importance

Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.

Realistic
24%
Importance

Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.

Top 10 Work Styles
Integrity
96%
Importance

Job requires being honest and ethical.

Dependability
94%
Importance

Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.

Independence
92%
Importance

Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.

Cooperation
91%
Importance

Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.

Concern for Others
90%
Importance

Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.

Self Control
90%
Importance

Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.

Leadership
89%
Importance

Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.

Analytical Thinking
88%
Importance

Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.

Achievement/Effort
87%
Importance

Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.

Attention to Detail
87%
Importance

Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.

Work Values
Achievement
81%
Importance

Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.

Independence
81%
Importance

Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.

Relationships
81%
Importance

Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.

Working Conditions
77%
Importance

Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.

Recognition
67%
Importance

Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition and Social Status.

Support
53%
Importance

Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.