Cal Poly Pomona

Career Opportunities

Because the food industry serves a basic human need, a career in food

science is a wise choice, as it does not generally experience the

economic fluctuations of other industries. The growing industry needs

to improve the quality, quantity, variety, and safety of foods, coupled

with the growing public demand for healthier, more convenient foods,

virtually ensures the stability of employment for food scientists.

Students completing the Food Science and Technology program will be

prepared for careers in a variety of areas: 1) Food industry: quality

control, product development, food marketing, food processing, food

microbiology, food engineering and food analysis; 2) University and

private laboratories: research, extension, consulting; 3)Government

agencies: Food and Drug Administration (FDA), U.S. Department of

Agriculture (USDA), State and local health departments and other

agencies; 4) International agencies: World Health Organization (WHO),

Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), World Bank and nonprofit

organizations, international research centers; 6) Graduate school: food

science and technology with specialization in food engineering, food

chemistry or food microbiology; dairy science, meat science, postharvest

physiology and technology, cereal science, meat science,

enology, agricultural and biological engineering, biotechnology, public

health, packaging, and toxicology.

The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) is the main professional group

for food scientists with more than 28,000 members. The Institute also

has an active Student Association (IFTSA). The Southern California

Section of IFT (SCIFTS) provides many opportunities for scholarships and

professional networking at the local level through regular activities.


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