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A Great Value for New Professionals Early in Their Career

Year 1 - $80 annually*, Year 2 - $120 annually*, Year 3 - $160 annually*

To help make membership more affordable for new professionals after graduation, IFT offers a tiered early career discount within the Premier membership category. This tiered structure provides discounted pricing for a member's first three years in the workforce following the completion of an undergraduate or graduate degree.

The Premier Early Career membership is right for you if you’re looking for:

  • Opportunities to network with the best and most accomplished in the science of food locally, nationally, and globally
  • Opportunities to participate in leadership development and certification programs
  • Opportunities to play a key leadership role in the IFT and the greater science of food communities
  • Access to a network of experts who have the information you need to help you solve problems at your job
  • Access to the latest research and innovations in the science of food
  • Insightful analysis of trends and what’s next
  • Trusted information in concise bite-sized pieces
  • Learning opportunities to help you stay on top of your technical and business skills so you can advance your career
  • Connections for new job opportunities and access to which companies are hiring
  • Opportunities to give back through meaningful volunteer activities

With your Premier Early Career membership, you’ll receive the following benefits:

  • Access and the ability to connect with IFT’s talented and passionate community of food science and food technology professionals at the regional, national, and global levels through IFT’s regional Sections and online topic-based, Division communities
  • Highest discount on the IFT annual event registration; year 1 members receive student-level pricing on the annual event
  • The print and digital versions of IFT’s monthly Food Technology magazine
  • Free access to all on-demand webcasts, virtual events, and podcasts
  • Highest discounts on IFT short courses; Note: Early Career Premier members receive student-level pricing for short courses in their first year
  • Highest discount on The Journal of Food Science
  • The highest discounts on IFT courses, events, and publications
  • A 35% discount on scientific books
  • No page charges when publishing in the Journal of Food Science or Comprehensive Reviews in Food Science and Food Safety
  • Opportunities to participate in IFT's Emerging Leadership Network Program
  • Plus, access to all of IFT’s online resources like the Career Center, CFS certification, IFT Connect online member community, member directory, and more!

You’ll also be kept up to date on the latest industry news via our newsletters, reports, webcasts, virtual events, and IFTNEXT programs—all included in your Premier Early Career membership.

In addition, as a Premier Early Career IFT member, you will have access to many leadership opportunities. And this is just a sample of what you’ll receive as an IFT Premier Early Career member!

View membership benefits by membership category matrix. (PDF)

Save Big When You Choose the Premier Early Career Membership Option!

Premier Early Career membership affords you optimal access and discounts to all that IFT has to offer. For examples, a Premier member attending the Annual Event, reading the print edition of Food Technology magazine and viewing 5 IFT webcasts during the year would save $345 over a Networking & Engagement member.

*Note: Section dues are additional and vary by section where applicable.


Contact IFT Central at
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by phone at  +1.312.782.8424