Food Scientist


Description and Responsibilities

 Food scietists use chemistry, microbiology, engineering, and other sciences to study food processing and decay; analyze food content to determine levels of nutrients, fat, sugar, and protein; discover new food sources; research ways to make processed foods safe, tasteful, and healthful; and apply food science knowledge to determine the best ways to process, package, preserve, store, and distribute food.

Education, Salary, and Place of Employment

Government Agencies

Government agencies hire about one third of all food scientists and technologists.


Universities hire food scientists and technologists, and they may either teach or work directly with food.