Family and Consumer Sciences Education (FACS) helps prepare students for family life, work life, and careers in family and consumer sciences by providing opportunities to develop the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviors needed through character development, creative and critical thinking, interpersonal communication, practical knowledge, and career preparation.
The Utah FACS Education Pathways are based on national skills standards and the national cluster pathways for FACS. By taking FACS courses, students learn core knowledge and skills that prepare them for independent living and the workforce, which increases personal and community well-being. Students have the opportunity to be a CTE Secondary Pathway Completer in one of seven Family and Consumer Sciences Education Pathways:
Consumer Economics Services
Early Childhood Education
Family and Human Services
Fashion Design, Manufacturing and Merchandising
Food Science, Dietetics and Nutrition
Food Services and Culinary Arts
Family and Consumer Sciences Education courses provide students with skills needed to balance life and careers. Last year, more than 34,000 students were awarded a CTE Skill certificate in FACS Education, indicating a high level of performance.
Melodie Marshall participated in a CTE Internship during her senior year of high school in the field of elementary education. “What could be better than spending two hours with six and seven year olds, four days a week?” said Melodie.
Like so many high school juniors and seniors who participate in a CTE Internship, Melodie learned essential job skills as she interned with a workplace professional. “I had the opportunity to spend two hours every day as an intern under Mrs. Penman in a first grade class. This has been an amazing experience, I have learned so much under Mrs. Penman’s direction. I have gained an improved work ethic, better organizational skills, and speed. Participating in a CTE Internship is one of the best decisions I ever made.”
Stars and Skills for the Top Ten Occupations in Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS)
The following are rated “4- or 5-Star” occupations by the Utah Department of Workforce Services, and require a bachelor’s degree or less for entry. Occupations listed in the chart below are listed in order of the total number of people projected to be working in each occupation by 2022, with the largest occupations first.
Other notes regarding the occupations within the FACS Area of Study:
- The largest occupations (i.e., those occupations in which large numbers of workers are employed) for which FACS students are preparing will be found in two major Standard Occupation Codes: SOC #25-0000, Education, Training and Library Occupations, and SOC #21-0000, Community and Social Service Occupations.
- Unfortunately, wages for many of these occupations – especially early career – are relatively low. Further education, training, and work experience become all the more important for career advancement.
- Workers attracted to these occupations are often motivated by helping people and making a positive difference in the lives of others.