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Food Science


Food science is a discipline concerned with all technical aspects of food, beginning with harvesting or slaughtering, and ending with its cooking and consumption. It is considered one of the agricultural sciences, and is usually considered distinct from the field of nutrition.

Examples of the activities of food scientists include the development of new food products, design of processes to produce these foods, choice of packaging materials, shelf-life studies, sensory evaluation of the product with trained expert panels or potential consumers, as well as microbiological and chemical testing. Food scientists at universities may study more fundamental phenomena that are directly linked to the production of particular food product and its properties.

Careers

Soil and Plant Scientists
Wage: $64,000
10 Year Growth Rate: 8.4%
Self Employed: 19.5%
Unemployment Rate: 4.0%
Employed Part Time: 11.4%

Education Requirements:
Bachelor's degree
Food Technologists and Scientists
Wage: $62,000
10 Year Growth Rate: 10.3%
Self Employed: 16.3%
Unemployment Rate: 4.0%
Employed Part Time: 11.4%

Education Requirements:
Bachelor's degree
Animal Scientists
Wage: $55,000
10 Year Growth Rate: 9.8%
Self Employed: 9.0%
Unemployment Rate: 4.0%
Employed Part Time: 11.4%

Education Requirements:
Bachelor's degree