Food Scientists and Technologists Job Description video

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Most of us take the safety of the food we eat—and its availability--for granted. Yet many visitors to America marvel at the variety and abundance on display in our grocery stores. Making sure that the food supply is steady and safe is the work of agriculture and food scientists. They are involved in just about every aspect of America’s diet. From the farm…to the processing plant…to the packagers…to the table, scientists work to make what’s good even better. Agriculture scientists develop safer ways to control pests and weeds on the farm. They also work on the necessary conditions for raising farm animals, and consider how to protect soil and water. They might work at a university agricultural research center, at a large dairy, or for the government. Food scientists evaluate and invent new ways to preserve, process, package, store and deliver food. Their workplace might be a gleaming test kitchen, or a manufacturing plant. To accomplish their vitally important work, these scientists draw on college degrees in chemistry, microbiology, plant science, agronomy, genetic engineering, and entomology—the study of insects. A bachelor’s degree is the minimum for some jobs in applied research, but a master’s or doctoral degree is usually required for basic research. A Ph.D. is generally required for college teaching and administrative research positions. Every state has what’s called a “land grant” college where agricultural and food science coursework and research takes place. If a career in agriculture or food science is appealing to you, it’s a good idea to choose a specialty, and then find a college or university that provides the focused education you need.


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