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Food Science Career Information

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Career Opportunities in Food Science

Are you interested in developing new delicious and nutrition food products? Are you interested in improving the safety of the world’s food supply? Do you

like science and/or engineering? When you finish college do you want to have a career that pays well and is rewarding? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then perhaps Food Science is the right major for you. A food scientist applies chemistry, microbiology, engineering, and other sciences to the production, processing, preservation, evaluation, and distribution of food products. Food scientists help to ensure the availability of safe, convenient, desirable, and nutritious foods for the world’s consumers.

In terms of value of shipments, food processing is the largest manufacturing industry in the United States. Graduates of the UT Food Science program have career options in a variety of food industries, such as those producing dairy, meat, fruit, vegetable and cereal products. There are many employment opportunities, including positions in new product research and development, quality

assurance and quality control, production management, marketing, food/flavor chemistry, microbiological food safety, food engineering, and sensory evaluation. There also are positions in state and Federal governments for food safety and quality inspection.

The demand for food science graduates by the food industry and regulatory agencies exceeds the available supply. Food science-related careers are among the top job prospects in the US and internationally. Salaries are highly competitive and are in line with professional degree subject areas. The national average starting salary for food science graduates with B.S. degree is in the $40,000-$60,000 range.

For more information about admission and curriculum please visit Admissions and Undergraduate Degree Options.


Many of our students are members of the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT). IFT is a great way to get involved and learn more about the varying areas Food Science. We invite you to explore their website for more information about the IFT.

Check out IFT’s “Day in the Life of a Food Scientist” videos!



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