"Domestic engineer" is a tongue-in-cheek expression often used to describe the role of a homemaker or stay-at-home parent. The duties may vary by household and family size, but typically an individual in this role manages all household tasks. These include preparing meals, cleaning and organizing, taking care of children and planning family activities. A homemaker may also be in charge of managing the family budget.
Full-Time vs. Part-Time
The scope of a domestic engineer's responsibilities often depends on whether or not the individual works outside of the home. Traditional homemakers don't usually hold a job outside of the home. Others balance their role as primary "manager of the home" with part-time or full-time jobs outside of the home. A non-employed domestic engineer may take on more responsibilities for supporting the spouse's work, such as attending informal gatherings and ironing clothes. In fact, a May 2011 "ABC News" article noted that a homemaker's role in supporting a spouse is often overlooked.