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
Alumni Internship and Volunteer Contacts
In addition to finding current job and internship openings, use GoldPASS to search info and contacts for students' previously completed internships related to this major (to get ideas and contact information- not to get a list of openings). Select "Job Search"> "Internship Agreement Database."
Salary and Employment Statistics
Top Career Resources
- Master List of Food Science Career Resources
- Food Science and Technology Professional and Career Resources
Compiled by the National Agricultural Library of the USDA. Includes information about and links to associations, organizations and research centers.
- Business Reference Library Career and Jobs Resources
Locate environmental consulting and other companies and nonprofit organizations, based on your search criteria, using databases through the University of Minnesota. Look under “locating companies and organizations”.
The official job site of the United States government including the PATHWAYS Programs for students and recent graduates.
Job postings, articles and resources related to the field of Nutrition.
- Food Safety and Inspection Service
Information about careers in Food Safety and Inspection.
- Institute of Food Technologists
Search for jobs in the food industry. Also has a membership directory and other career resources, including salary surveys.
- American Association of Cereal Chemists
Resources for those interested in the grain based foods industry including career resources.