Food Science graduates
are employed by food processing and manufacturing firms, government
regulatory agencies, educational institutions and companies that
supply raw materials and ingredients to the food industry.
Graduates work in:
Nutritional, Chemical and Sensory
Process and Package Engineering
Food Safety Inspection
Marketing and Management
Graduates holding advanced degrees often work
in colleges and universities and in research and development groups
of private companies and government agencies.
Salaries for food scientists compare favorably
with other Bachelor of Science programs offered by the university.
Recent figures show a median starting salary of $48,000. More
than 75% of our students are placed annually in food processing
companies, while another 10-15% enter graduate and professional
schools following graduation. A growing number of our graduates
find employment in the pharmaceutical industry. Virtually all
our graduates seeking employment in their major area find jobs
soon after graduation. Undergraduate and graduate students gain
excellent experience by working in the food industry as part of
a summer internship program.
The Food Science Club hosts several companies
at their monthly club meetings. Potential employers visit the
department to recruit undergraduate and graduate students for
both internships and full-time jobs. For further information regarding
the companies that visit the department and the schedule of the
meetings, please visit the Food
The Institute of Food Technologists (Professional
Society for Food Scientists) holds a technical meeting every year.
During this meeting, they have an on-site "Employment Bureau"
where potential employers interview food scientists for internships
and full-time jobs. For further information, please visit the
The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
(CALS) has a Career Services Center located in 111 Patterson Hall.
Appointments with them can be made by calling them at 515-3249.
They offer services such as assisting in resume writing, contacting
potential employers, and providing links to job opportunities.
For further information, please visit the CALS
NC State has a Cooperative (Co-op) Education
Program offered by the Co-op Office located at 300 Clark Hall.
They can be reached at 515-2300. As part of this program, students
enroll in alternating semesters of full-time study and full-time
paid employment. The awarding of a Cooperative Education Program
Certificate requires a minimum of twelve months of full-time work
and fulfillment of additional program requirements including degree
completion. For further information, please visit the NC
State Co-op Office.