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Home Economist

Home economists advise on everyday lifestyle choices, teach independent living skills, develop food products or test recipes.

  • Entry-level education

    Bachelor’s degree

  • Job outlook

    1 2 3 4 5

What does a Home Economist do?

Home economists advise on everyday lifestyle choices, teach independent living skills, develop food products or test recipes.


Work activities

As a home economist, you might:

  • instruct the community on food, nutrition, lifestyle and family issues
  • teach independent living skills to disadvantaged or disabled individuals
  • support people to make healthy changes in their lifestyle
  • design and plan nutritious meals and assist people to prepare them
  • help design household products and foods
  • develop and test recipes for television programs or for publication in cook books or online
  • do food styling for TV, photographic or video shoots
  • write consumer education materials.

Key skills and interests

To become a home economist, you would need:

  • good interpersonal skills
  • a non-judgmental manner
  • strong communication skills
  • problem solving skills
  • some creative flair
  • an interest in food an nutrition

Working hours and conditions

Working Hours

As a home economist you would usually work a standard number of hours per week. Depending on which area in the community you work, you may be required to work at the weekends.


Home economists work in a broad range of industries and locations, including including classrooms and teaching kitchens, aged care or childcare facilities, healthcare centres, consumer food manufacturing companies, government departments, and in media and publishing. Some home economists also work in consumer advocacy.


How to become an Home Economist?

Entry Level Education

To become a home economist you usually have to complete a degree in science or health science with a major in nutrition, food science or food technology. To get into these courses you need to gain your senior secondary school certificate or equivalent. English, biology, chemistry, mathematics and home economics are appropriate subjects to study prior to university.

To become a home economics teacher you would have to follow your initial degree with a graduate course in education. Otherwise you could complete a 4-year degree in education with a teaching specialisation in home economics.

Graduates may be eligible for membership of the Home Economics Institute of Australia.


Job outlook

  • 1 2 3 4 5

Home economics is a broad discipline and opportunities are expected to remain relatively stable.

Because of the wide range of areas where home economists are able to work, opportunities should always be available.


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