Food Systems

About the Major

The Food Systems major will teach students the knowledge and problem-solving skills to address complex challenges and opportunities in food systems. This will be guided by an interest in food and food systems that are sustainable in environmental, economic, and social terms. Students will study food systems in diverse contexts and at different scales. Read more about the major.

Common Entry Level Job Titles

  • Community Garden Manager
  • Extension Educator 
  • Food Shelf Manager
  • Organic Farm Manager/Owner
  • Organic Food Product Marketing 
  • Policy Analyst
  • Sales Representative, Organic Products 
  • Sustainability Officer 

Types of Employers

  • Community gardens
  • Food companies
  • Government agencies 
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Organic farms

Alumni Internship and Volunteer Contacts

Search for students' previously completed experiences related to this major (to get ideas- not to get a list of openings) at: z.umn.edu/experiencedatabase. Database is updated through Summer 2018 semester only.

Salary and Employment Statistics

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

Top Career Resources

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, systems, sustainable, organic, policy, community, garden, urban, farming, agroecology, entrepreneur, marketing
  • 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.