• Food Scientists and Technologists
  • Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
  • Annual Median Wage
    $ 45,400
    $33,760 range bar $73,540
    Annual NC Wage Range
    Growth Rate
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    Moderately Growing
  • Food scientists and technologists use chemistry, microbiology, engineering, and other sciences to study the principles related to processing and deterioration of foods.

What do they typically do

  • Stay up-to-date on new regulations and current events in food science by reviewing scientific literature
  • Check raw ingredients for maturity or stability for processing, and examine finished products for safety, quality, and nutritional value
  • Confer with process engineers, plant operators, flavor experts, and packaging and marketing specialists to resolve problems in product development
  • Study methods to improve aspects of foods, such as chemical composition, flavor, color, texture, nutritional value, and convenience
  • Develop food standards and production specifications, safety and sanitary regulations, and waste management and water supply specifications
  • Evaluate food processing and storage operations, and assist in developing quality assurance programs for such operations
  • Test new products for flavor, texture, color, nutritional content, and conformity to government and industry standards
  • Inspect food processing areas to make sure they meet government regulations and standards for sanitation, safety, quality, and waste management

Number of Jobs

Average Annual
Job Growth +0.7%
Job Opening 22

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