The U.S. Science and Engineering Workforce
Recent, Current, and Projected Employment, Wages, and Unemployment
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Agriculture and Food Science Careers
(source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics; Occupational Outlook Handbook 2010-11 Edition)
Faster than average growth is expected as agricultural and food scientists develop new products using biotechnology and work to limit the negative environmental impact of agriculture.
A bachelor's degree in agricultural science is sufficient for most jobs in product development; a master's or Ph.D. degree is generally required for research positions.
Job growth among agricultural and food scientists should be faster than the average for all occupations. Opportunities are expected to be good over the next decade, particularly in food science and technology and in agronomy.
- Agricultural and Food Scientists
Agricultural scientists study farm crops and animals and develop ways of improving their quantity and quality
- Food Manufacturing
Food manufacturing industry links farmers and other agricultural producers with consumers.
- Chemists and Materials Scientists
Chemists and materials scientists search for new knowledge about chemicals and use it to improve life.
- Conservation Scientists and Foresters
Conservation scientists and foresters manage the use and development of forests, rangelands, and other natural resources. These lands supply wood products, livestock forage, minerals, and water.
- Medical Scientists
Medical scientists research human diseases and conditions with the goal of improving human health.
- Farmers, Ranchers, and Agricultural Managers
American farmers, ranchers, and agricultural managers direct the activities of one of the world's largest and most productive agricultural sectors.
- Agricultural Inspectors
Agricultural inspectors are employed by Federal and State governments to ensure compliance with laws and regulations governing the health, safety, and quality of agricultural commodities, processing equipment and facilities, and fish and logging operations.
- Agricultural Workers
Agricultural workers play a large role in getting food, plants, and other agricultural products to market.
- Graders and Sorters
Agricultural Products Graders and sorters grade, sort, or classify unprocessed food and other agricultural products by size, weight, color, or condition and discard inferior or defective products.
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What is a Food Scientist?
Written by Dave Preszler; ET Horn Company
You need only to walk the aisles at your local supermarket to get an idea of everything that must go into putting all those food products on the store shelves. Each of those items needs to be conceived, created, processed, packaged and sold. They must be good tasting, nutritious, consistent, safe, and stable.
A Food Scientist studies the physical, biological, and chemical makeup of food; the causes of its deterioration; and its further processing. Food Scientists would develop ways to process the food, preserve it, package it, and store it according to specifications and regulations.
As the name would suggest, a Food Scientist is indeed a scientist.
- Food Chemistry
- Food Engineering
- Food Microbiology
- Food Analysis
- Food Processing
- Product Development
- Sensory Analysis