Career Opportunities


With a degree in Family and Consumer Sciences you can transfer to one of five California state universities (Northridge, Long Beach, Fresno, Sacramento, and San Francisco) offering the single subject credential program in Family and Consumer Sciences and eventually teach in a high school setting. There are also teaching opportunities in adult education and community college programs as well as in private industry. 

Career areas in FCS span everything from food and nutrition, to child development and family studies, to consumer education, and textiles and apparel. 

Secondary and postsecondary vocational education and home economics teachers are in high demand. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (, the middle 50 percent of secondary school vocational education teachers earned between $39,250 and $54620 in 2009. The median income for postsecondary home economics teachers was $64,470 with top earners making $94,190 and higher.

Cooperative work experience

As a student of the fashion studies program you will have the opportunity to earn college units while gaining hands-on experience working in businesses such as retail, boutiques, and alteration shops. Contact your instructor or the coordinator if you are interested in cooperative work experience.

Employment Opportunities:

The Allan Hancock College fashion program is a pathway to pursue your dreams in fashion studies and fashion merchandising.

Enjoy a career as a(n) . . .

  • Apparel designer
  • Assistant designer
  • Custom dressmaker
  • Bridal gown alteration expert
  • Boutique owner
  • Patternmaker
  • Fashion/ bridal consultant
  • Alterationist
  • Couture sewing and tailoring expert
  • Children’s clothing designer
  • Menswear tailor
  • Textile designer
  • Visual merchandiser
  • Fashion illustrator
  • Wholesale and retail buyer
  • Marketing manager
  • Color coordinator consultant
  • Wardrobe planner
  • Historic costume designer
  • Store buyer or manager
  • Interiors consultant
  • Interiors promotion and sales representative

The fashion and fashion-related industry is one of the nation’s largest employers. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (, the middle 50 percent of fashion designers earned between $42,150 and $87,120 in 2008. The median income for home or small alteration businesses was $26, 640 with top earners making $41,920 and higher.

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Mary Jovy Pimental

Mary Jovy Pimental
Fashion Merchandising Student

"The counselors and administrators at Hancock challenged and encouraged me to pursue my dream of designing my own clothing line and opening my own retail store. They helped me map out a path to success that includes transferring to a four-year university. I am on the right track thanks to the knowledgeable staff that gave me the courage to change my major from nursing to fashion management."

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Last Modified Feb 8, 2017