Food Science

About the Major

A Food Science major prepares you for a career in managing food production and processing facilities; designing, researching and developing new food products; researching and monitoring the microbiological safety of foods; and overseeing the processing of safe, nutritious and attractive foods to be packaged and distributed to meet the needs of consumers. The curriculum applies chemistry, microbiology, and engineering to the study and technology of making foods. Read more about the major. Visit the FScN Website

Common Entry Level Job Titles

  • Food Production Manager
  • Food Scientist
  • Food Technologist
  • Product Development Specialist
  • Public Health Sanitarian
  • Quality Control Scientist
  • Research and Development Technician

Types of Employers

  • Food companies
  • Food equipment manufacturers
  • Government agencies (i.e. FDA)
  • Public health agencies
  • Universities and colleges

Salary and Employment Statistics

See the employment and salary page for statistics on the most recent graduates and previous years.

Top Career Resources

  • IFT (previously the Institute of Food Technologists)
    Search this professional association's site for info about the food science profession as well as internships, jobs, volunteer opportunities and e-mentors in the food industry. Also has a membership directory and other career resources, including salary surveys.
  • Food processing companies in MN. Though this is a marketing (not food) company, it has an extensive list of food processing companies in MN. Check it out for companies that may have internshiprs or jobs.
  • Food Science and Technology Professional and Career Resources
    Find information and resources related to food standards, microbiology and biotechnology, as well as careers and education in food science. Compiled by the National Agricultural Library of the USDA.
  • USAJOBS
    The official job site of the United States government including the PATHWAYS Programs for students and recent graduates.
  • Food Safety and Inspection Service
    Information about careers in Food Safety and Inspection.
  • AACC (previously the American Association of Cereal Chemists)
    Resources for those interested in the grain based foods industry including career resources.
  • UniWorld
    Find employers who may value your language skills and multicultural experience by searching this database of American firms operating in foreign countries and foreign firms operating in the United States.

Additional Resources

In addition to these resources we recommend the following strategies to locate more information about careers related to your major:

  • O*NET and Careerwise. These tools provide comprehensive information about a wide range of careers including typical duties, salaries, employment outlook, skills and interests.
  • Locate professional associations related to your major or career interests by conducting a Google Search on “(Name of major/career area/industry) professional associations.” Try these keywords: food, science, nutrition, quality, development, safety, technology
  • Get involved in one of the many industry-related student groups on campus. These groups provide links to experiences, guest speakers, and discussion with like-minded students.
  • Study Abroad Information for Food Science