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Careers in Food Science
Find exciting opportunities in consumer research, teaching, regulatory affairs, basic research, and nutrition whether you choose to pursue work in industry, academia, or nonprofit and government institutions.
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Food Quality & Microbiology
Food microbiologists play a critical role in making sure food is safe to consume. They have expertise in a variety of scientific disciplines.
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Food Engineering
Food engineers design and develop systems for processing, storing, packaging, and handling food.
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Product Development
Developers, working as part of a team, continually strive to create high quality, nutritious products that taste good and are affordable for consumers.
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Food Chemistry
Food chemists develop and improve foods and beverages; analyze methods of cooking, canning, freezing, and packaging; and study the effects of processing on food.
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Sensory Science
Sensory scientists work to understand the characteristics of foods and how consumers perceive them. They ensure the foods we eat are appealing in addition to being safe and nutritious.
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Food Marketing & Sales
Food marketing and sales professionals communicate through technical presentations, trade shows, print and virtual media, and face-to-face meetings with product developers.
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What Kind of Income Can You Make in Food Science Fields?
Food scientists typically earn salaries competitive with other science and engineering degrees. Most have successfully found a job or earned admission to graduate school months after graduation.

According to IFT’s 2017 Employment & Salary Survey Report, the median salary for professionals working in the science of food is $92,000. Food science graduates entering the field received a median salary starting at $50,000.

Below is a sampling of science of food career titles and their average salaries.
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Food Science Major