PHEc stands for Professional Human Ecologist or Professional Home Economist. In Alberta, human ecologists and home economists are university graduates. They have met qualifications set out in Alberta provincial legislation and, as a result, can use the letters after their name.

The PHEc designation protects the public by ensuring that human ecologists and home economists practice ethically in areas in which they are qualified. As a group, human ecologists and home economists have training and experience in money management, consumer education, food and nutrition, housing, clothing, textiles, family behavior and human development.

The University programs of study vary from Home Economics, Human Ecology, Family & Consumer Sciences, to Nutrition and Food Sciences.

Where Can We Be Found?

Human ecologists and home economists advise, counsel, promote and teach in a variety of settings.

In business, we may work as consultants, advisors, designers, managers, administrators and quality control testers in companies and organizations that provide product and services that meet individual and family needs. We also work in human resources and consumer or public relations. You may find human ecologists or home economists working as food consultants, consumer service managers, fashion or textiles designers, product managers, store buyers, journalists, recipe developers, product promoters, product salespersons, financial planners, investment advisors, media commentators, food stylists or entrepreneurs.

Working with a community agency, we may co-ordinate volunteers, work as financial counselors, family outreach workers, life skills facilitators, rehabilitation workers or consumer advocates.

In health care, we could work as dieticians or nutritionists in hospital or community-based programs.

In education, we could be public school teachers, college or university instructors, education consultants, curriculum and program developers or adult educators.

In government, you may find us working as researchers, museum curators, nutritionists, information specialists, product developers, policy developers, advocacy specialist or marketing specialists.

As well, human ecologists and home economists volunteer in their communities – supporting individuals and families.

Look For The Ring

Your Professional Ring

Delegates from eight colleges across Canada voted in 1967 to adopt a ring as a national symbol representing professional home economists. The yellow gold of the ring represents the warmth of the family.

The human ecology and home economics ring is a gold band worn on the little finger of the working hand. It symbolizes our commitment to excellence in professional practice.
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