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Food Science

Career Opportunities

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Many career opportunities await graduates with a degree in Food Science. Students are often unaware of the many unique and challenging jobs available. Starting salaries are looking great for recent graduates! Additional information is available at

The many facets of Food Science provide employment in large commercial food industries, small private food companies, government agencies, and universities.

Job Placement

The placement rate for BYU Food Science students has usually been between 90% and 100%.Below is a sampling of companies where our graduates have found jobs:

  • ConAgra Foods
  • FDA
  • General Mills
  • Idahoan Foods
  • Kellogg's
  • LDS Welfare Services
  • Leprino Foods
  • Lofthouse Cookies
  • McCain Foods
  • McCormick Spices
  • Meadow Gold Dairy
  • Morinda
  • Mrs. Fields Original Cookies
  • National Food Processors Association
  • Nature's Sunshine
  • Nuskin
  • Nutraceutical Corporation
  • Otis Spunkmeyer
  • Otto & Sons
  • Rich's Corporation
  • Shasta
  • Stouffer's Frozen Foods
  • Sunkist
  • Sweet's Candy
  • Twin Lab
  • USDA
  • Weider Nutrition International

The following are some examples of career opportunities available:


Food Research and Development Scientist

  • Develops new and improved food products and processes to meet consumer wants and needs
  • Develops laboratory prototypes and participates in scale-up in factory to produce products found on grocery store shelves

Food Ingredient Technical Salesman


  • Contacts industrial users of food ingredients
  • Provides technical insight and help
  • Often requires travel

Quality Assurance Director

  • Monitors food processing and assures final product quality
  • Generates specifications and supervises analyses of raw materials and ingredients

Food Molecular Biologist

  • Manipulates cells to produce useful food ingredients, flavors, and other components
  • Transforms genetic characteristics of food commodities to enhance production, processing, and final product attributes

Food Plant Production Manager


  • Manages and supervises food processing plant employees
  • Monitors supplies and equipment to assure economical production; solves production problems

College Teacher, Professor

  • Instructs students
  • Conducts basic and applied food research