From creating low-fat ice cream flavors that don't taste low-fat, to developing packaging that protects food from E. coli and other pathogens, food scientists work to ensure the foods that fill your shopping cart are safe, nutritious and delicious.
If you're interested in using the latest in food manufacturing to turn agricultural commodities into products that consumers want to buy, then a career in food science and nutrition is for you.
A bachelor's of science degree in food science and nutrition from the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) will provide you with all the skills you'll need to succeed in a wide variety of food science and nutrition careers.
You can individualize your degree program by choosing between four degree options that prepare you for the career field that most interests you. Some careers you might consider include:
- Food engineers are employed by some of the world's largest and most respected private industry companies, including Del Monte Foods, General Mills, H.J. Heinz and Kellogg. They apply the principles of many scientific disciplines, such as biology, chemistry, engineering, physics, molecular biology, nutrition and microbiology to the challenges of food production.
- Product developers find employment with many of the same companies as food engineers. Their job, however, focuses more on other aspects of food manufacturing such as consumer acceptability, economics, production feasibility and marketing. Developers also explore new ways to enhance nutritional value and health benefits.
- Quality assurance supervisors work in private industry but also are employed by government agencies such as the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Food and Drug Administration. They are responsible for reviewing safety and manufacturing protocol to ensure that the food you eat is safe and of the highest quality.
Other typical job titles include:
- Brand manager
- Corporate executive
- Environmental sanitarian
- Food technologist
- Food scientist
- Plant manager
- Production manager
- Sensory scientist
- Technical sales representative