Food Science graduates are in high demand due to the unique nature of the major, and real world business need. In every grocery store, the shelves are lined with products that are unique, healthy, well packaged, and designed for millions to eat. The Food Scientist studies Biology, Chemistry, Business, Design and more. Food technology is the application of food science to the selection, preservation, processing, packaging, distribution, and use of safe food. The average staring salary in the industry is $50,000 and goes up from there. Many Food Science programs boast a 98% placement rate as Food Science is a highly specialized major. Food Scientists regularly partner with entrepreneurs and public health officials on product development and policy initiatives.

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  • Professional Associations are where the industry of the major gather together
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Student Associations Are You a Food Geek? Whats IFTSA? The Institute of Food Technologists Student Association (IFTSA) is a student-governed community within IFT, a professional society of leaders in the food science and technology field (food geeks). Membership in IFTSA can help make you a more successful student, and enhance your future as a food industry professional. And yeah, make you a real food geek. Whats In It For You? Membership in IFT offers opportunities and resources that help you succeed while pursuing a degree and after you graduate. For only $50 a year, you receive: Eligibility for IFT scholarships Access to the IFT community online, including a group just for students and IFTs full Membership Directory, with thousands of food science and technologys biggest names Your choice of the award winning Food Technology magazine or Journal of Food Science The chance to compete for funding, awards, and product development competition honors Opportunities to build your knowledge, experience, and leadership skills Serious savings on books, courses, and registration to the IFT Annual Meeting & Food Expo, the worlds largest food industry meeting and trade show Contacts. Peers and leading professionals who know subject matter and the business off food science and technology What Are Some Good Reasons to Pursue Food Science and Technology? Creativity, problem solving, new technologies, and a variety of specialty areas keep food science interesting. Food scientists work in industry, academia, and government and do everything from design new beverages, to assess levels of risk to the nations food supply. And The average salary for IFT-member food scientists reached $87,700 in 2009. Thats even better than the national mean for other food scientists, which was $64,610 in 2008. And The U.S. Department of Labor predicts good job growth through 2016. The Bureau of Labor Statistics says, Employment of agricultural and food scientists is relatively stable during periods of economic recessionbecause food is a staple item and its demand fluctuates very little... And There are 6 billion people in the world and as many as 1 billion went hungry in 2009, according to the U.N. Every day, food scientists apply the principles of science to projects aimed at providing a safe and abundant food supply. For more information, contact Anna Ylijoki at 312.604.0270 or, or visit our website at Whats the Latest Geek Speak? I owe my graduate studies, career mentors, and considerable industry professional network to IFT Dante M. Vargas, The Ohio State University I love the idea of working on a product or technology that people may say someday that they cannot live without, or cant imagine what they did before it was invented. Megan McIlroy, Kraft Foods I have the opportunity to one day make a big impact on the world. Food science combines business, science and creativity. And food is a universal language that connects people all over the world. Food science is a field that allows me to combine my hobbies, interests and profession. Melvany Kasih, 2009 IFTSA Fun Run Director I love the versatility of a degree in food science. My first job was as an Assistant Wine Maker. Now I am a Quality Assurance Manager at a dairy/ice cream plant. Karen Campbell, Lochmead Dairy Institute of Food Technologists Videos Link to a Day in the Life of a NASA Food Scientist Disney Living Channel Link to a Day in the Life of a Disney Food Scientist Visit