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What kind of careers do Food Scientists have?

The ever-expanding field of food science encompasses a wide range of careers in food-related work, the nation’s largest occupational sector.

The School of Food Science is recognized for excellence in both undergraduate and graduate education for individuals interested in these fields. You can work side by side with faculty who care about your success and academic experience.An undergraduate food science degree prepares students for successful careers with a food industry, research, or manufacturing company in the public, corporate, or government sector. Food science graduates are leaders in food production and processing, quality assurance and control, technical representation in the sale and marketing of foods, food product development, food science research, and regulation and enforcement of food laws. The need for trained food scientists has grown steadily in pace with consumer demands for convenient, safe, and nutritious food and beverages.

Our goal within the school is to equip the student with the skills necessary to make their dream career a reality. Courses deal with the broad range of interests and concerns which center around the processing, manufacture, safety and distribution of food, and the preparation and serving of food.

Students completing degrees in any of the degrees offered in the School of Food Science are highly sought after by employers.

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Food Science Careers

  • Food Scientist
  • Biochemist
  • Cereal Scientist
  • Dairy Products Scientist
  • Director of Quality Assurance
  • FDA/USDA Research Scientist
  • 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 Developer

  • Food Safety Inspector
  • Food Technologist
  • Food Toxicologist
  • General Manager, Research
  • 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 Manager

  • Public Health Official
  • Quality Assurance Director
  • Quality Assurance Manager
  • Quality Assurance Supervisor
  • Research and Development
  • Research Scientist
  • Quality Assurance Officer
  • Sales Manager
  • Scientific and Regulatory Affairs
  • Scientific Research
  • Senior Food Scientist
  • Sensory Evaluation Expert
  • Sensory Scientist
  • Technology Development Manager
  • Technical Sales Representative