Major employers providing food science and technology jobs include food processing industries such as meat and other food processing plants, canning plants, frozen food companies, beverage companies, food machinery manufacturers, cereal and grain companies, confectionery companies, flavor and fragrance companies, and others. Other employers include pharmaceutical industries, research laboratories, packing companies, airlines, and retailing and food service industries.
Career options in the government include various positions in Food and Drugs Administration, Department of Health and Human Services, National Institute of Health, and various other federal and state departments.
Other options include teaching in universities and schools, as technical writer or editor in publishing houses, or working as an independent quality assurance consultant.
Careers in food sciences are evergreen, and since food is an indispensable human requirement, a recession proof career. Job opportunities in the industry grow a steady 16 percent, which is higher than the average growth. Average annual wages of food scientists and technologists was $59,520 in May of 2008.
Food science professionals usually work regular hours in offices, laboratories, test kitchens, or production plants, depending on the nature of work. Some positions such as food inspectors might require travel and field work.
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