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.

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