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What Can I Do With This Major for Majors in Food Science



Food Science is a coherent and systematic body of knowledge and understanding of the nature and composition of food materials, and their behavior under the various conditions to which they may be subject. Food Technology is the application of food science to practical treatment of food materials so as to convert them into food products of the kind, quality and stability, and so packaged and distributed as to meet the needs of consumers for safe, wholesome, nutritious and attractive foods. A Food Scientist studies the physical, chemical, and biological make-up of food and develops ways using the latest advances in science and technology to process, preserve, and package food according to the specifications of the food industry and the regulations of government.

The Food Science major offers three options. Food biological technologies and food chemistry are recommended for students seeking careers in basic or applied food research, as well as for those preparing for graduate or professional studies in the sciences. The food operations/management option directly prepares students for careers in the food industry.

A Sample Of Related Occupations

Argonomist Food & Drug Inspector Plant Manager
Biologist Food Buyer Plant Sanitation Specialist
Dairy Herd Improvement Asst Food Consultant Product Analyst
Education Curator Food Product Development Scientist Production Supervisor
Educator Food Production Manager Quality Control Manager
Embyo Transfer Technician Food Scientist/Technologist Quality Control Specialist
Farm Business Manager Immunologist Sales & Marketing
Farm Health Inspector Naturalist Scientist
Farm Manager Nutritional Consultant Technical Support Representative
Flavor Technologist Nutritionist .
Flavorist Packaging Developer .

Types of Employers


Private & Nonprofit Organizations
Airlines/Airports Dairy Product Companies Meat Product Firms
Beverage Companies Flavor & Fragrance Companies Scientific Journals
Canning Plants Food Equipment Manufacturers Stabilizer & Emulsifier Organizations
Cereal & Grain Companies Food Manufacturers World Health Organization
Confectionary Companies Frozen Food Companies .


Government Agencies
Commerce Dept. Food NJ State Department of Health
County Health Department Food and Drug Administration Nutrition
Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service Peace Corps
Department of Defense Food and Safety Inspection Service State & Local Public Health Agencies
Department of the Interior Foreign Service State Department
Farm Credit Administration Health & Human Services and Consumer Services

Internships Obtained by Rutgers Students


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Jobs Obtained by Rutgers Graduates


First Jobs of Recent Graduates - Food Science
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Yale Univ., PhD Microbiology Graduate student

Flavor Materials Int'l. Flavor Technologist

Rutgers University Lab Technician

Haagen Dazs Co. Quality Control Technologist

Masterfoods Product Development Scientist

KRAFT Foods Scientist

Int'l. Flavors & Fragrances Senior Food Scientist Technologist

Hershey Foods Corp. Sensory Coordinator

Johnson & Johnson Technician


Jobs of Experienced Alumni - Food Science
Readers Digest Consulting Nutritionist

New Brunswick Board of Education Director of Food Services

Masterfoods USA Director of Technical Services

R & D, B & G Foods Inc. Food Technologist

Nestle, Inc. Manager

Merck & Co. Research Biochemist

USDA Research Scientist

Institute of Food Technologists Sales Manager

FDA Scientist

Best Foods Senior Food Technologist

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