Food Scientist/Technoligist

By: Taslima Bacchus

Education Needed

Training requirements for agricultural scientists depend on their specialty and on the type of work they perform. A bachelor's degree in agricultural science is sufficient for some jobs in applied research or for assisting in basic research, but a master's or doctoral degree is required for basic research. A PhD in agricultural science usually is needed for college teaching and for advancement to administrative research positions. Degrees in related sciences such as biology, chemistry, or physics or in related engineering specialties also may qualify persons for some agricultural science jobs.


Food Scientists/Technoligists earn an average annual wage of $65,380.

Job Openings

Less than 1000 average annual openings are expected for this occupation between 2008 and 2018.

Necessary Skills

  • Analyzing and interpreting life science data
  • Operating computers to record and analyze life science data
  • Explaining life science concepts
  • Researching life sciences
  • Quality control analysis
  • Negotiation
  • Complex problem solving
  • Troubleshooting