Lesson 2 Careers

Food Scientist/Technologist

Quality Control Supervisor

Food Manufacturing Sanitation Supervisor

Food Plant Manager

New Food Product Development Scientist

Sensory Evaluation Specialist

Production Line Supervisor

Food Packaging Technologist

Technical Sales

New Products Research Marketing

Food Engineer

State and Federal Food Inspector


A food manufacturer must have a solid background in the following subject matters in the areas of science, business and communication:

Food Science Chemistry Physics Oral and Written Communications
Microbiology Mathematics Nutrition
Accounting Employee Relations Speech
Knowledge of foreign languages (where needed) Technical Report Writing Total Quality Management

College and university degrees that lead to careers in food manufacturing can be earned at:

California Polytechnic State University, Food Science and Nutrition Department, San Luis Obispo, CA 93407, at the Food Science Department of the University of California, Davis in Davis, CA, and at the Food Science and Nutrition Department of Chapman University, Orange, CA. Both departments are the only food science curriculums in the State of California reviewed and approved by the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT). Other universities with IFT-approved four year food science curriculums are available throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico.