Food Scientists and Technologists

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Occupation Description

Food scientists and technologists implement chemistry, microbiology, engineering, and other sciences to understand the principles underlying the processing and deterioration of nutrition; study food content to discover level of vitamins, fat, sugar, and protein; find new food sources; study ways to make processed foods less dangerous, more palatable, and healthful; and apply food science understanding to advise best ways to process, package, preserve, store and distribute food.

Estimated Income

Lower End
Middle
Upper End
$200,000
$150,000
$100,000
$50,000
All financial data provided by Bureau of Labor Statistics (bls.gov)

Total Employees In 2010

13680

Job Openings By 2020

6800

Growth Rate

8%

Required Education

Bachelor's degree
Specific Programs:

Required Work Experience

None

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