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.

Find Your Next Position

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.

San Leandro, California, VISION: Spero Foods is a venture-backed, female and disability -founded, and plant-forward startup using clean technology to transform seeds (not nuts) into plant-based dairy products, creating the world's first delicious and sustainable plant-based dairy that will soon be priced the same as animal dairy! Spero is innovating in every single dairy alternatives category. Spero’s backers include: YC, Valor, BVP. Check out our Insta !   ABOUT OUR FOUNDER: Phaedra...
Hampton, Virginia, Description: Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) is seeking applicants for a tenure track faculty position in Food Traceability as part of its Phase II SmartFarm Innovation Network™ faculty cluster hire. Phase II includes a total of seven (7) faculty positions to be filled within several academic units and Agricultural Research and Extension Centers. Collaborations of cluster hires and existing faculty will enhance interdisciplinary flagship programs...
Fresno, California, JOB SUMMARY Overall supervision of the Fresno, CA laboratory operations to include long range planning and the implementation of strategies for retaining, developing and expanding the business. Responsible for consistently producing accurate test results, maintaining and increasing the customer base and testing services. ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES Oversight of planning and managing the laboratory budget. Ensure customer needs are met in a cost effective manner. Responsible...
Augusta, Georgia, This position will play a key role in supporting our sales and marketing efforts in meat, seafood, poultry, baking; water treatment; dairy, nutritional, horticulture and other industrial markets. They will research innovative ideas, new processes, and recent product developments. Additionally, they will evaluate market trends and the impacts of other industries upon ours. The individual will have the ability to work in a team environment with multi-cultural customers and have a...
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Sells products by identifying and meeting customer needs in the designated territory. ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES & FUNCTIONS  include the following.  Others may be assigned. Manages the sales volume and revenue of multi-state territory. Directs sales efforts to provide long-term sustainable results.  Ensures Prayon receives value for value offered. Meets individual sales objectives and goals as established by management to achieve desired overall results. Assists...

The Career Center at the IFT Expo attracts many talented and up-and-coming professionals in the food industry who continue to advance science and push the boundaries of innovation.

- Elizabeth Adefioye, Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer , Ingredion Incorporated
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Network: Connect with other professionals
There are many opportunities to connect with other professionals, such as:
Join an IFT Division Interest Group right arrow
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
Explore IFT Marketplace right arrow
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.

Stand Out: Gain More Experience

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 CFS recipients share why they value their CFS distinction and how it has helped them in their careers. Learn More

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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.

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
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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.
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Get Connected

In addition to IFTs social media channels, IFT also offers its members a robust, global online community called IFT Connect. Here members can share solutions, network, and make new connections.

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