Career Development

As a community committed to advancing the science of food, IFT is dedicated to providing the best learning and professional development opportunities to help you and your team succeed. Whether you're trying to find a new job, get a promotion, or excel in your new career, IFT has the learning opportunities and resources to help you achieve your professional development goals no matter what stage of you career.

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Whether you’re looking to find a job or wanting to post a job, IFT’s Career Center is a great year-long resource to support you in your job search pursuits. IFT’s Career Center is also a recruiter's best friend. Source top food science talent by posting your position on IFT’s Career Center.

Boston, Massachusetts, Mori, formerly known as Cambridge Crops, is a fast-moving, venture backed, B2B, technology start-up focused on innovations in the food, agriculture, and packaging industries. Specifically, we leverage the unique properties of a naturally derived protein found in silk to extend the shelf life of perishable foods, including whole and cut produce, meat, seafood, and shelf stable foods like confections and snacks. Our mission statement, “ More food, Less waste ,” is supported...
Van Buren, Arkansas, Purchasing Director Pepper Source, Ltd. is seeking a Purchasing Director for our Van Buren, AR, facility! Summary The Purchasing Director is responsible for leading all day-to-day purchasing activities for raw goods, plant supplies, and logistics. Supervises 6 employees and reports directly to the Vice President of Purchasing. Essential Duties and Responsibilities •    Lead all daily purchasing activities for plant operations. •    Manage the acquisition of raw materials...
NORTHBROOK, Illinois, Introduction – Organizational Details   Barilla Group wants to recruit the next Research & Development Vice President – Americas who will report to the Chief Research & Development Officer. The individual will be based in our offices in Chicago. The position holder will manage a team of 6 people.   Job Purpose The individual will contribute to the development and implementation of the Innovation pipeline across all categories, in line with the Global Category Strategies...
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Employment & Salary Survey

From the 2019 Salary Survey, compare salaries by business sector, background, geography, and more with data gathered from IFT US members. 

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Push your career to the next level, invest in yourself, and feel fulfilled knowing you’re doing something that helps advance the profession.

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IFT thrives because of the input and thought leadership of its members. Consider getting involved to help shape programming, recognize leaders, or change the life of an aspiring food scientist.
Network: Connect with other professionals
There are many opportunities to connect with other professionals, such as:
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Connect with IFT members from across the globe to share knowledge, explore important topics, solve problems and help one another in the advancement of food science and technology.
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Network and connect with other science of food professionals in your area.
Learn: Develop Your Knowledge and Skills
IFT’s resources and learning opportunities can help you develop the skills you need to excel in your career
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IFT offers invaluable learning options to science of food professionals no matter where you are in your career. Explore IFT’s Marketplace to see upcoming and on-demand options.
Demystifying Traceability right arrow
This new, customizable food traceability learning experience helps companies and their supply chains to evaluate the effectiveness of their existing traceability plans and/or create new ones.

Find your career pathThere are so many career options for science of food professionals. Explore and determine what career path is right for you.

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Careers in Food Science right arrow
Find exciting opportunities in consumer research, teaching, regulatory affairs, basic research, and nutrition whether you choose to pursue work in industry, academia, or nonprofit and government institutions.
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IFT Salary Survey right arrow
Compare salaries by business sector, background, geography, and more with data gathered from IFT US members.
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What to Look Out for in Tomorrow’s Job Market right arrow
Explore how changes in the industry are impacting the current and future job market, including compensation and benefits. We also share some go-to tips to help you advance your career.