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Once you get your degree, you can choose a career in one of the largest industries in the world. Food scientists apply microbiology and biochemistry to improve the taste, nutrition, and value of our nation's food supply. They can be employed in positions in quality assurance, production operations, product development, regulatory and compliance, research and development, sales, sensory evaluation, and technical services. Food scientists can also enjoy careers in related fields such as international food security, food policy, food communication, advertising, and consumer education and protection. Graduates may also choose to pursue graduate studies, law school, or medical school. There are many opportunities for Food Science graduates. Take a moment to see brief career profiles of some of our alumni.


Corporate LogosThe average starting salary for a bachelor 4-year degree Food Science graduate from our department is ~$47,000. However, the location of employment will have an effect on salary. Food scientists have a lot of potential for moving up the salary "ladder" with time and experience. Furthering your education with graduate school or professional school can also affect salary.


Our Food Science program continues to have 100% job placement for *graduates who are actively seeking employment. Many companies recruit our students by participating in campus career fairs and informational sessions. Companies will often conduct interviews of possible job candidates in our building or on Purdue's campus. 

Career Resources

The Department of Food Science, The College of Agriculture, and Purdue University all offer current students assistance in obtaining internships and employment upon graduation. Check out our career resources page for more details.  

*U.S. citizens within 6 months of graduation