Food Science

Understand the nature of food through the interdisciplinary application of scientific disciplines such as Biology, Chemistry, and Biochemistry. Food scientists study the physical, microbiological, and chemical makeup of food to make it safe for consumption and nutritious utilizing innovative processing and packaging technologies.  

  • Food technologist
  • Chocolate scientist
  • Food chemist
  • Food product development scientist
  • Brewmaster
  • Food microbiologist
  • Food process engineer
  • Food safety inspector 

  • Food and research laboratories 
  • Government agencies
  • Consultancy
  • Food manufacturing facilities
  • Academia


According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of agricultural and food scientists is projected to grow 7 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations. The employment of agricultural and food scientists is projected to grow as research into agricultural production methods and techniques continues.


The median annual wage for agricultural and food scientists:

  • CA: $66,220
  • US: $64,020

Food scientists are interested in chemistry, microbiology, biology, food technology, research, product development, marketing, cooking, agriculture, and nutrition. They seek to produce, maintain the quality, and ensure the safety of food. 

Math and science skills

Food scientists must have a sound grasp on mathematical, statistical and scientific concepts. 


Using the Scientific Method, food scientists collect data using various instrumental techniques and analyze their findings using various statistical methods.

Communication skills

Food scientists must be able to explain their research methods and findings to others in oral and written formats. 


Food scientists perform experiments using food samples that require precise observation and documentation of results.