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Food Science

What can I do with this major?

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Area

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Business and Technology

 
  • Quality Assurance
  • Food Safety
  • Quality Inspection
  • Process Inspection
  • Production Management
  • New Food/Flavor Chemistry
  • Sensory Evaluation
  • Applied Food Research
    • Preserving
    • Processing
    • Packaging
    • Storing
    • Delivering
  • Sales
  • Marketing
  • Consumer Education
  • Food processing plants
  • Food manufacturing plants
  • Food ingredient suppliers
  • Food equipment suppliers
  • Container manufacturers
  • Large retail chains, e.g. Starbucks, Target
  • Feed companies
  • Dairy, beef, or hog farms
  • Federal government including:
    • Food and Drug Administration
    • Department of Agriculture
  • State governments

Science

 
  • Basic Research
  • Food Microbiology/Food Chemistry
  • Product Development
  • Food Engineering
  • Food Safety
  • Quality Inspection
  • Quality Assurance
  • Process Inspection
  • Federal government including:
    • Food and Drug Administration
    • Department of Agriculture
    • Environmental Protection Agency
  • State governments
  • Food processing plants
  • Food manufacturing plants
  • Food ingredient suppliers
  • Food equipment suppliers
  • Quality-control laboratories
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Universities and colleges

Pre-Professional

 
  • Medicine
  • Pharmacy
  • Dentistry
  • Veterinary Sciences
  • Other Healthcare Fields
  • Hospitals
  • Clinics
  • Private or group practice
  • Health networks
  • Nursing homes
  • Rehabilitation centers
  • Mental health institutions
  • Federal, state, & local health departments
  • Government agencies
  • Armed services
  • Correctional facilities
  • Colleges and universities
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Retail pharmacy chains
  • Research laboratories
  • Animal food companies
  • Zoos

General Information and Strategies

  • The food processing industry is one of the largest in the US and throughout the world, so many opportunities exist for students trained in food science.
  • A bachelor’s degree is sufficient for some opportunities in applied research and in food processing. Earn a master’s or doctoral degree to conduct basic research. The PhD. is required for university teaching.
  • A high percentage of food scientists work for local, state or federal government. Learn government application procedures.
  • Learn to work both independently and as part of a team.
  • Develop strong communication skills both written and oral. Also develop analytical skills and an attention to detail.
  • Join professional associations and student organizations to stay abreast of current issues in the field and to develop networking contacts. Get involved with the Institute of Food Technologists.
  • Talk to professionals already in your desired field regarding their backgrounds. Arrange a shadowing experience.

 
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