Career Opportunities for Majors in Food Science


Food Science is a coherent and systematic body of knowledge and understanding of the nature and composition of food materials, and their behavior under the various conditions to which they may be subject. Food Technology is the application of food science to practical treatment of food materials so as to convert them into food products of the kind, quality and stability, and so packaged and distributed as to meet the needs of consumers for safe, wholesome, nutritious and attractive foods. A Food Scientist studies the physical, chemical, and biological make-up of food and develops ways using the latest advances in science and technology to process, preserve, and package food according to the specifications of the food industry and the regulations of government.

The Food Science major offers three options. Food biological technologies and food chemistry are recommended for students seeking careers in basic or applied food research, as well as for those preparing for graduate or professional studies in the sciences. The food operations/management option directly prepares students for careers in the food industry.

A Sample Of Related Occupations

Argonomist Food & Drug Inspector Plant Manager
Biologist Food Buyer Plant Sanitation Specialist
Dairy Herd Improvement Asst Food Consultant Product Analyst
Education Curator Food Product Development Scientist Production Supervisor
Educator Food Production Manager Quality Control Manager
Embyo Transfer Technician Food Scientist/Technologist Quality Control Specialist
Farm Business Manager Immunologist Sales & Marketing
Farm Health Inspector Naturalist Scientist
Farm Manager Nutritional Consultant Technical Support Representative
Flavor Technologist Nutritionist
Flavorist Packaging Developer

Types of Employers

Private & Nonprofit Organizations
Airlines/Airports Dairy Product Companies Meat Product Firms
Beverage Companies Flavor & Fragrance Companies Scientific Journals
Canning Plants Food Equipment Manufacturers Stabilizer & Emulsifier Organizations
Cereal & Grain Companies Food Manufacturers World Health Organization
Confectionary Companies Frozen Food Companies
Government Agencies
Commerce Dept. Food NJ State Department of Health
County Health Department Food and Drug Administration Nutrition
Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service Peace Corps
Department of Defense Food and Safety Inspection Service State & Local Public Health Agencies
Department of the Interior Foreign Service State Department
Farm Credit Administration Health & Human Services and Consumer Services

Jobs Obtained by Rutgers Graduates - First Jobs of Recent Graduates - Food Science

Organization Job Title
Yale Univ., PhD Microbiology Graduate student
Flavor Materials Int'l. Flavor Technologist
Rutgers University Lab Technician
Haagen Dazs Co. Quality Control Technologist
Masterfoods Product Development Scientist
KRAFT Foods Scientist
Int'l. Flavors & Fragrances Senior Food Scientist Technologist
Hershey Foods Corp. Sensory Coordinator
Johnson & Johnson Technician
McCormick Agricultural And Food Scientists
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Jobs Obtained by Rutgers Graduates - Jobs of Experienced Alumni - Food Science

Readers Digest Consulting Nutritionist
New Brunswick Board of Education Director of Food Services
Masterfoods USA Director of Technical Services
R & D, B & G Foods Inc. Food Technologist
Nestle, Inc. Manager
Merck & Co. Research Biochemist
USDA Research Scientist
Institute of Food Technologists Sales Manager
FDA Scientist
Best Foods Senior Food Technologist
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Graduate Schools Attended

Institution Degree Field
Cornell University Public Policy Economics
Pennsylvania State University Food Science Food Engineering
Rutgers -The State University of NJ Food Science
Rutgers -The State University of NJ Other Food Science
Rutgers -The State University of NJ Food Science Scientist
Teachers College, Columbia University Nutritional Sciences Public Health Nutrition
The University of Hong Kong Food Science Food Safety and Toxicology
University of California, Davis Biostatistics

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