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What can I do with my Food Science Degree?

Publish Date: 30-11-2017
Sector: Food
Country: The Netherlands

What can I do with my Food Science Degree?

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A degree in food science can lead to a range of jobs in sectors as diverse as engineering, agriculture, and health...


Job options

Jobs directly related to your degree include:

  • Animal nutritionist
  • Dietitian
  • Food technologist
  • Nutritional therapist
  • Product/process development scientist
  • Technical brewer
  • Toxicologist

Jobs where your degree would be useful include:

  • Amenity horticulturist
  • Production manager
  • Purchasing manager
  • Quality manager
  • Retail buyer

Remember that many employers accept applications from professionals with any degree subject, so don't restrict your thinking to the jobs listed here.


Work experience

Employers value work experience. If your course does not include an industrial placement try to get some related experience in the holidays. Any kind of role in a food science or food technology setting would develop your skills and allow you to demonstrate your passion for working with food.

You can tailor your work experience to the type of role you would like to get. For example, if you want to become a food technologist, look for work and placements in a laboratory or on a production line in a food company. If you would like to be a dietitian, try to get some experience in a hospital or healthcare setting to show your interest in the area. 


Typical employers

Food manufacturers, producers and retailers are large employers, as are government departments which develop food policy. Food science graduates also work in a range of areas within the land-based sector, which looks at agriculture and animal-related areas as well as fresh produce and retail.

Other companies in industrial and scientific sectors are employers, too. Opportunities are also available in the NHS and private healthcare, particularly for roles such as dietitian or nutritional therapist. 

Find information on employers in engineering and manufacturing, environment and agriculture, healthcare and other job sectors.


Skills for your CV

You will develop a good mix of subject-specific and technical skills, alongside transferable core skills such as analytical and problem-solving skills, as well as an ability to interpret data critically. Practical work helps your communication and teamwork skills, sharpening your attention to detail and ability to accurately record results.

Studying food science will also develop your ICT skills through experimental work and in the preparation and production of reports and assignments. Your numerical and statistical awareness will be improved through practical and theoretical work. Group or individual projects give you experience of time management and research skills.


Further study

There are many related postgraduate courses that you may choose to take, depending on the career you want to enter. For example, some food science graduates take a postgraduate diploma or Masters in dietetics while others may complete a PhD in nutritional research.

There are also a variety of postgraduate courses in areas such as biomedical science, food safety, environmental management and food quality management.

Some food science graduates complete a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), or a Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) in Scotland, in order to be able to teach in the area of food science or technology.

For more information on further study and to find a course that interests you, see Masters degrees and search postgraduate courses.


What do food science graduates do?

The top professions for food science graduates working in the UK include quantity assurance professionals and technicians, agricultural scientists, laboratory technicians and marketing associate professionals.

After finishing their degrees, approximately 14% of food science graduates go on to further study, either full time or part time while working.




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