Home economists advise and assist consumers on the selection and proper use of food products, textiles and other consumer goods and teach household management skills. They may also provide consultative services in the areas of development and promotion of new food products, retail buying, social program administration and small business endeavors. (National Occupational Classification)
The use of the designation "Professional Home Economist" is regulated in Manitoba, New Brunswick, Ontario and Alberta, and "Registered Professional Home Economist" in British Columbia.
Find detailed information about the occupation, including typical duties and working conditions, in the links below:
Home Economics programs at various universities in North America vary: they include Home Economics, Human Ecology, Family and Social/Consumer Sciences as well as Human Nutritional Sciences.
At the University of Manitoba, students interested in becoming a Professional Home Economist (PHEc) can major in Human Nutritional Sciences, Family Social Sciences (which is currently under review) or in Health Studies with specializations in either Family Health or Health Promotion and Education.
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Date modified: July 26, 2018
|University of Manitoba|
-Faculty of Human Ecology homepage
Links to Sites
-Working in Canada - Winnipeg
|-Alberta Learning Information Service -OCCinfo|
|-O*NET -detailed occupational information (U.S.)|
|-Canadian Home Economics Foundation|
|-Teachers of Home Economics Specialist Association|
-Home economics for a new generation - University Affairs magazine (Canada)
-Information for foreign-trained Home Economists - Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials
-Other links & resources - from the MAHE
Updated: April 18, 2017