If you're interested in the chemical and physical properties of food during production and storage, then a food science degree can open up a range of related careers

Job options

Jobs directly related to your degree include:

Jobs where your degree would be useful include:

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

Work experience

Work experience is highly valued by employers, so 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 will be useful for developing your skills and allowing you to demonstrate your interest in the industry.

If possible, tailor your work experience to the type of role you would like to fill. For example, if you want to become a food technologist, quality manager, or product developer, look for work and placements in a food manufacturing company or with a retailer. If you would like to choose a nutritional pathway, try to get some experience in a healthcare setting to show your interest in the area.

Search for placements and find out more about work experience and internships.

Typical employers

The main employers of food science graduates are food manufacturers, producers and retailers. Technical service providers and government departments concerned with developing food policy and enforcement processes also offer employment.

Food science graduates also work in a range of areas in the land-based sector, which encompasses agriculture and animals as well as fresh produce, food service and retail.

Other employers operate in the industrial and scientific sectors. The NHS and private healthcare organisations offer employment opportunities - particularly for roles such as a nutritional therapist.

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

Skills for your CV

Studying food science develops a good mix of subject-specific and technical skills, alongside transferable core skills, such as:

  • analytical and problem-solving skills
  • the ability to research and interpret data
  • effective communication
  • teamworking skills
  • attention to detail
  • accurate record keeping and report writing
  • numerical and statistical awareness
  • IT skills
  • project management skills
  • time management.

Further study

There are many related postgraduate courses to choose from. Your choice will generally be determined by the career direction you wish to pursue. For example, you could take a postgraduate diploma or Masters in dietetics, or complete a PhD in nutritional research.

You could also take a postgraduate course in an area such as biomedical science, food safety, environmental management or food quality management.

Completing a postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE), or a professional graduate diploma in education (PGDE) in Scotland, will allow you 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?

Food science graduates enter a range of professional roles, including quantity assurance professional, agricultural scientist, laboratory technician and marketing associate professional.

More than 15% of food science graduates are in further study, either full time or part time while working.

DestinationPercentage
Employed72.5
Further study16.1
Working and studying3.1
Unemployed3.7
Other4.6
Graduate destinations for food science
Type of workPercentage
Technicians and other professionals19.1
Engineering and building17.9
Marketing, PR and sales15
Managers11.6
Other36.4
Types of work entered in the UK

Find out what other graduates are doing six months after finishing their degrees in What Do Graduates Do?

Graduate destinations data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

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