Unsure of what food science jobs are out there? We check them out

Despite being a huge part of our day to day lives, most of us are relatively ignorant when it comes to the preparation processes that our foodstuffs undergo before they reach our tables. That doesn't mean that there's not a thriving industry out there though, as the numerous food science jobs available right now confirm.

Food science jobs certainly aren't the most glamorous science based jobs around these days, however they do play a hugely important role in the health and well being of society at large. There are many excellent job opportunities within the field, particularly for those who have excelled in science and biology in third level education, as well as those who have taken dedicated food science courses.

On top of these basic requirements, it's also important that you are flexible, have a strong analytical mind and are able to communicate well with others.

Should you think you fit the bill there are a number of fields that we would suggest you look more closely at. First of all, a career as a dietician may not be what you had in mind, but given the ongoing obesity epidemic facing developed countries, it's fair to say that you would be afforded a relatively good level of job security. Dieticians start off earning between £21,500 and £27,000 per year, which can increase to in excess of £42,000 per year for experienced workers.

If you want to get more hands on, then a position such as food technologist may be more up your street. In this position you'll modify existing foods with new technologies and processes in order to improve them, or make them more affordable. An entry level food technologist can earn between £18,000 and £26,000 per year, with more than £65,000 on offer for senior staff in the role.

Alternatively, you may want to put your third level qualifications to use in some slightly different food science related jobs. These can be as varied as production managers, where you will oversee the creation, preparation and transport of foods, or retail buyer, where you'll utilise all your knowledge in order to get the best deals on foodstuffs for your employers.

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