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Family & Consumer Science

Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) has been listed as #1 on’s list of “Ten Unusual Majors That Can Get You Jobs.” FCS professionals are educators, administrators and managers, human service and business professionals, researchers, community volunteers, and consultants. They provide research-based knowledge about the topics of everyday life, including human development, personal and family finance, housing and interior design, food science, nutrition and wellness, textiles and apparel, and consumer issues. Their activities center around planning and delivering a variety of educational programs for many types of settings to improve the quality of life for individuals and families. People in this job field motivate others to use new technologies, facilitate learning, supervise students, administer programs and work cooperatively in groups. In recent years, many state and federal agencies have been created to assist families with such matters as child care, nutrition, family values, health services, and gerontology, which has opened up the job market for people in this field.


According to the American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences, FCS professionals work in apparel and textile design/merchandising, dietetics, education, food and nutrition sciences, human development and family science, hospitality, interior design, nutrition and fitness, communications, and consumer economics and financial planning.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook, the 2012 median pay for Social and Community Service Managers with a bachelor’s degree was $59,970 per year; the job outlook through 2022 calls for a 21% growth in employment, which is faster than average for all occupations.


ECC’s Associate of Arts (AA) transfer degree is designed to meet the requirements of colleges and universities to which students may wish to transfer for completion of baccalaureate (BA or BS) degrees. In many instances, transfer colleges accept this degree as equivalent to their own general education requirements.

Because the requirements for an AA transfer degree change periodically, students should check with their academic advisor or the ECC Admissions Office to confirm that they have the most current information. Students are responsible for knowing the requirements for the degree they hope to obtain and for planning their schedule accordingly.

Admissions Partnership Program with Iowa State, UNI and Iowa

ECC participates in the Admissions Partnership Program with Iowa State University, the University of Northern Iowa and the University of Iowa to enable ECC students to transfer credits seamlessly to any of the state universities. Participants are dual-enrolled at ECC and the university with access to academic advising and student services at both institutions. The universities guarantee admission into the desired degree program, provided all requirements are met. Ask the ECC Admissions Office for more information!


  • ECC currently has the 17th highest student success rate (graduation rate + transfer rate) of any community college in the nation.
  • The College offers generous scholarships and financial aid packages, which is why our graduates have one of the lowest average student debt loads of any college in Iowa, public or private, two-year or four year!
  • What students appreciate about ECC is our smaller class sizes, which results in more one-on-one attention from the instructor and greater classroom success.

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