Career spotlight: Food Scientist

A food scientist does a lot of interesting things:

  • develops new food products, from the initial idea to the finished product
  • improves existing products
  • troubleshoots product-related issues including flavor/sensory, quality, shelf-stability, packaging requirements and nutritional profile.
  • recognizes and assists with related technical problems

Food scientists can earn $60,000 to $70,000 a year.

This job requires a bachelors degree in food product research and development and experience in the field. You’ll also need to be able to effectively present information to others through writing and speaking.

Companies in Ohio looking for food scientists include Nestle, Abbott Labs, Kahiki Foods, Smuckers, T. Marzetti, and many others.

Related resources on GrowNextGen:

Food Science career video
Jamie Hannen, from T.Marzetti, talks food science and explains the details that go into creating soy-based salad dressings. Check out all the career opportunities that are available within food science, technology, research and development and many more!

Are You Gonna Eat That? curriculum
Create a cookbook to learn Standard Operating Procedures for food safety and environmental monitoring. Test for proteins, carbohydrates, and lipids and compare plant and animal protein.