How to become a Home Economist

Home economists teach, inform and advise government, industry and the community in order to assist individuals to make better lifestyle choices.

Personal requirements of a Home Economist

  • good human resource management skills
  • good oral and written communication skills
  • aptitude for analysis and problem-solving
  • aptitude for design and creativity
  • sensitivity when dealing with a wide range of people and issues.

Duties & Tasks of a Home Economist

Home economists: • educate the community about aspects of everyday living, such as family, interpersonal relationships, food, nutrition and leading a balanced lifestyle • teach independent living skills to school students and disabled or disadvantaged people • assist people to take control of their health, develop healthy behaviours and make informed consumer decisions • design, evaluate and promote products, such as foods and household appliances, or services for everyday living • design and plan nutritious meals and assist people to prepare them.


Community Health Home Economist

A community health home economist undertakes a range of home economic activities in the public sector, such as providing information services about financial management, family relationships, child care, food and nutrition, and household management. They may also manage food service operations such as canteens, aged-care centres and community food facilities and develop programmes and policies for health and social services.

Consumer Scientist

A consumer scientist measures and interprets consumer needs and preferences, ensuring that these are taken into account in the design, production, delivery and use of products and services.

Home Economics Teacher

A home economics teacher teaches students the skills required to understand and deal with a variety of issues in their personal, home, family and community lives. These skills are taught through a variety of topics, such as food and nutrition, textiles and clothing, vocational skills and knowledge, and family and interpersonal relationships.

Avg. weekly wage:


Future growth:

Very strong

Employment by state:

ACT 1.8%

NSW 30.1%

NT 2.1%

QLD 14.4%

SA 6.4%

TAS 2.2%

VIC 32%

WA 10.9%

Hours worked:



Lower unemployment

Gender split:

Male 21%

Female 79%

Education level:

Highest qualification is secondary school: 3%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 5.7%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 12.6%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 38.5%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 37.4%

Age brackets:

15-19 - 0.1%

20-24 - 6.1%

25-34 - 26.8%

35-44 - 22.6%

45-54 - 19.5%

55-59 - 8.2%

60-64 - 7.1%

65 and Over - 9.5%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

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