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19-1012 Food Scientists and Technologists



Use chemistry, microbiology, engineering, and other sciences to study the principles underlying the processing and deterioration of foods; analyze food content to determine levels of vitamins, fat, sugar, and protein; discover new food sources; research ways to make processed foods safe, palatable, and healthful; and apply food science knowledge to determine best ways to process, package, preserve, store, and distribute food.

Geography Click link for Career Profile EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Mean10th25thMedian75th90th
Central Minnesota 6011$39.25/hr$24.24/hr$30.46/hr$38.32/hr$41.94/hr$54.81/hr


IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Natural Resources and MiningN/AN/A
Manufacturing260$38.49/hr
Trade, Transportation and Utilities40$31.76/hr
Professional and Business Services600$53.41/hr
Education and Health ServicesN/AN/A
 
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Northeast Minnesota N/AN/AN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA N/AN/AN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA N/A$53.41/hrN/A
Northeast Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Northwest Minnesota 20$39.20/hr0.0%
Fargo ND-MN MSA 20$31.14/hrN/A
Northwest Balance of State 20$37.91/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 30$39.19/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA 30$40.43/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 30$32.63/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 50$33.39/hrN/A
Central Minnesota 60$38.32/hr13.2%
Southeast Minnesota 100$41.71/hr1.2%
Southeast Balance of State 100$41.71/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 110$38.56/hr1.1%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 600$53.41/hr2.5%
Minnesota 930$48.13/hr2.5%


Occupations Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Animal Scientists 390$31.50/hr4.4%
Soil and Plant Scientists 520$30.97/hr2.1%
Occupational Health and Safety Specialists 1,690$40.44/hr4.4%


  • Stay up to date on new regulations and current events regarding food science by reviewing scientific literature.
  • Confer with process engineers, plant operators, flavor experts, and packaging and marketing specialists to resolve problems in product development.
  • Develop new or improved ways of preserving, processing, packaging, storing, and delivering foods, using knowledge of chemistry, microbiology, and other sciences.
  • Check raw ingredients for maturity or stability for processing, and finished products for safety, quality, and nutritional value.
  • Inspect food processing areas to ensure compliance with government regulations and standards for sanitation, safety, quality, and waste management.
  • Confer with process engineers, plant operators, flavor experts, and packaging and marketing specialists to resolve problems in product development.
  • Study methods to improve aspects of foods, such as chemical composition, flavor, color, texture, nutritional value, and convenience.
  • Evaluate food processing and storage operations and assist in the development of quality assurance programs for such operations.
  • Develop new food items for production, based on consumer feedback.
  • Inspect food processing areas to ensure compliance with government regulations and standards for sanitation, safety, quality, and waste management.