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Home economists

OaSIS code 41403.02

Home economists conduct research, develop policy, and implement and administer programs related to consumer affairs and on the selection and proper use of food products, textiles and other consumer goods.

Overview

Also known as

  • Home economics consultant
  • Home economist

Main duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:

  • 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 endeavours.

Additional information

  • Progression to managerial positions is possible with experience.

Similar occupations classified elsewhere

Exclusions:

  • Economists and economic policy researchers and analysts (41401)
  • Business development officers and market researchers and analysts (41402)

NOC hierarchy breakdown

Work characteristics

Work characteristics gathers the various components describing the work environment of each occupation, such as employers, work activities, and the work context. Each category displays up to 10 descriptors in descending order based, firstly, on their attributed ratings by the level of complexity (for Work Activities) or other measurement dimensions (for Work Context), and secondly, in alphabetical order. The whole list of descriptors and their ratings can be expanded at the bottom of each page.

Work Activities

Proficiency or complexity level
Clerical Activities
4 - High Level
Coaching and Developing Others
4 - High Level
Communicating with Coworkers
4 - High Level
Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
4 - High Level
Estimating the Quantifiable Characteristics
4 - High Level

Work Context

Structural Job Characteristics

Structured versus Unstructured Work
Degree of freedom to determine tasks and priorities
3 - Moderate amount of freedom
Work Week Duration
Worked hours in a typical week
2 - Between 35 to 40 hours

Physical Work Environment

Physical Proximity
Physical distance from others
4 - Close (at arm’s length)

Physical Demands

Standing
Duration
3 - About half the time
Bending or Twisting the Body
Duration
2 - Less than half the time

Interpersonal Relations

Contact with Others
Frequency
4 - Every day, a few times per day
Duration
5 - All the time, or almost all the time
Work with Work Group or Team
Importance
4 - Highly important
Frequency
4 - Every day, a few times per day

Workplaces/employers

  • Consulting firms
  • Education institutions
  • Government departments and agencies
  • Hospitals
  • Industry
  • International organizations
  • Non-governmental organizations
  • Professional associations
  • Research institutes
  • Self-employment

Skills and abilities

This section displays the various competencies required for an occupation. Each category displays up to 10 descriptors in descending order based, firstly, on their attributed ratings by the level of proficiency (for Skills and Abilities) or importance (for Personal Attributes) and secondly, in alphabetical order. The whole list of descriptors and their ratings can be expanded at the bottom of each page.

Abilities

Proficiency or complexity level
Categorization Flexibility
4 - High Level
Deductive Reasoning
4 - High Level
Inductive Reasoning
4 - High Level
Information Ordering
4 - High Level
Memorizing
4 - High Level

Skills

Proficiency or complexity level
Critical Thinking
4 - High Level
Instructing
4 - High Level
Learning and Teaching Strategies
4 - High Level
Numeracy
4 - High Level
Oral Communication: Oral Expression
4 - High Level

Personal Attributes

Importance
Attention to Detail
5 - Extremely important
Social Orientation
5 - Extremely important
Active Learning
4 - Highly important
Adaptability
4 - Highly important
Analytical Thinking
4 - Highly important