Employment Statistics

Job Prospects in Food Science

The Bureau of Labor and Statistics says that job growth for food related occupations are expected to be driven by the demand for new food products and food safety measures. Food research is expected to increase because the public is more aware of nutrition, health, food safety, and the need to keep herd animals from getting infections. Industry leaders are nourishing the future of food science by hiring NC State graduates for careers in Food Science. Just to name a few, this list includes Kraft, Unilever, Clorox, NIEHS, Bigen Idec, Frito-Lay, Novartis, Novozymes, Wake Med and Sealed Air.

Job Prospects in Nutrition Science

According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, employment for those in the nutrition field is expected to grow about 20% faster than average for all occupations between 2012 and 2022 as health care becomes increasingly more focused on prevention. Our graduates may go on for further education to become Registered Dietitians or earn graduate degrees in public health or community nutrition and work in nutrition education programs or on policy issues. Many of our graduates go into other highly desirable health professions, becoming doctors, physician assistants, nurses, physical therapists, dentists and pharmacists.

Job Prospects in Bioprocessing Science

Graduates of our Bioprocessing Science programs work in the biopharma industry improving the development and manufacture of drugs used every day. These students also gain training in fermentation science and find employment in quality control and research development in the expanding brewing, winery and spirits industries. Our students have found in a wide variety of companies, including Bayer Crop Science, Pfizer, Syngenta, and Novozymes.


Food Science Career Salaries

  • Food Scientist $40-$90K
  • Food technologist $42-$78K
  • Sensory Specialist $41-$60K
  • Quality Assurance Specialist $36-73K
  • Consumer Safety Officer $32-$67K


Nutrition Science Career Salaries

  • Community Nutritionist $37-$73K
  • Wellness Health Coach $28-$58K
  • Nutrition Scientist $55-$66K
  • Public Health Specialist $30-$85K
  • Extension Educator $40-$82K


Bioprocessing Science Career Salaries

  • Laboratory Analyst $30-$52K
  • Maufacturing Technician $33-$64
  • Laboratory Technologist $24-$57
  • Sales Representative $52-$104K
  • Laboratory Manager $43-$92K