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.

Yakima, Washington, Position Summary: The Associate Sensory Scientist is a hands-on position that involves sample collection and preparation, panel set up, cleaning, and maintaining sensory facilities. Execution of sensory panel activities is a significant part of the role. This involves the evaluation of hops, hop products, and hoppy beers. The Associate Scientist completes harvest hop quality evaluations, assists with raw material streaming decisions, engages in hop flavor developmental...
Salinas, California, DUTIES - Under minimum supervision from the Director, Seed Research and Development, this position will work in all areas where research is conducted including the laboratory, greenhouses, and field.  The job will require some weekend work and long days during critical times of a project and to maintain greenhouse plant material.  The Research Scientist must be able to physically work long hours in the field, lift up to 50lb, and operate machinery when required.   Day to...
Raleigh, North Carolina, The Prestage Department of Poultry Science is one of only six land-grant academic departments in the U.S. dedicated to poultry science.  We produce nearly a third of all poultry science graduates.  Our complete career-preparation pipeline - with abundant scholarship opportunities and a 95% job placement rate - ensures that our graduates go out into the world ready to make real impact.  Poultry production leads North Carolina's agricultural economy producing almost 10% of...

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:
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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.

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
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.
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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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