Food Science Employment Opportunities

Food Science provides preparation for employment in the food industry. Students need to secure preparation in biology, chemistry and food science related courses. The food science option provides animal science majors with an opportunity to apply their academic training to the production and processing of food. The food industry is the nation's second largest employer (first is the Government) and people are always going to eat. Thus, many employment opportunities exist.
Dr. Dennis D'Amico with undergraduate making cheese
Typical employment opportunities are listed below:
  • Biochemist
  • Cereal Scientist
  • Dairy Products Scientist
  • Director of Quality Assurance
  • FDA/USDA Research Scientist
  • Federal food grader
  • Flavor Chemist
  • Food Biochemist
  • Food Biotechnologist
  • Food Chemist
  • Food Engineer
  • Food Industry R&D
  • Food Ingredient Sales
  • Food Inspector
  • Food Microbiologist
  • Food Product Consultant
  • Food Product DeveloperFood Safety Inspector
  • Food sanitarian/inspector
  • Food Scientist
  • Food Technologist
  • Food testing services
  • Food Toxicologist
  • General Manager, Research
  • HACCP coordinator
  • Laboratory Director
  • Manager, Analytical Lab
  • Manager, Meat Applications
  • Market Researcher
  • Meat Scientist
  • Natural Products Researcher
  • New Technologies
  • Packaging Specialist
  • Plant Manager
  • Plant Supervisor
  • Product Development
  • Project Leader, Technology
  • Project/Product ManagerPublic Health Official
  • Quality Assurance Director
  • Quality Assurance Manager
  • Quality Assurance Officer
  • Quality Assurance Supervisor
  • Quality Control Technician
  • Research and development positions associated with flavor chemistry, ingredient technology, lipid and protein chemistry, carbohydrate functionality, and packaging
  • Research Microbiologist

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