Employment Outlook for Graduates of Food Safety and Defense Bachelor or Masters Degrees
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that based on the expertise and areas of specialization, graduates of Food and Safety Degree courses usually find work either as food scientists or food technologists in the food processing industry. There are those who landed on jobs in Federal Government agencies to develop or improve a particular food product. Their work involves product development where concerns are mainly on the selection, processing, preservation, packaging, and distribution of food. Some are engaged in food research to find ways on how food can be improved through the elimination of toxic additives; hence, the importance of their courses related to food microbiology.
Employment outlook is considered to have grown faster that the average occupation. Knowledge and expertise are applied to develop new food products, improve on existing ones, and come up with methods to increase quantity in order to meet the demand of the growing population. In addition, the increasing consciousness about the possible detrimental effects in the environment likewise increases the demand for researchers who can rise up to the challenges of food science.
Those who are graduates of bachelor’s degree in food science and technology are experiencing positive employment opportunities while those with master’s or Ph.D. degree in agricultural and food science find additional opportunities as researchers and professorial jobs in colleges and universities, although the latter are rare.
The annual wages earned by food scientists and technologists were placed at $59,520 in May 2008. The lowest 10% of the workers in this occupations earned less than $33,790 while the highest 10% earned as much as $104,520.
Currently, MU Direct: Continuing and Distance Education has the current offering for Food Microbiology to earn CEU credits via online courses on Food Safety and Defense. You may want to take advantage of this graduate certificate program in paving the way for your future career as Food Scientist or Food Technologist.