Occupational Employment Statistics


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 EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Northwest Minnesota 309$34.83/hr$19.10/hr$23.60/hr$32.00/hr$41.16/hr$59.37/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Natural Resources and MiningN/AN/A
Trade, Transportation and Utilities20$31.09/hr
Professional and Business ServicesN/A$46.54/hr
Education and Health ServicesN/AN/A
Geography EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Northeast Minnesota N/AN/AN/A
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN N/A$43.12/hrN/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$41.78/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Southwest Balance of State N/A$31.47/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 10$29.45/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 20$26.71/hrN/A
Northwest Balance of State 20$31.29/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 30$32.00/hr4.2%
St Cloud MN MSA 30N/AN/A
Southeast Minnesota 50$26.02/hr8.8%
Central Minnesota 60$23.66/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 170$32.56/hr-5.0%
Southeast Balance of State 170$31.63/hrN/A
Minnesota 630$35.97/hr5.4%

Occupations EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Animal Scientists 200$30.89/hr6.1%
Agricultural Engineers 10$38.02/hrN/A
Soil and Plant Scientists 650$33.19/hr14.3%

  • Check raw ingredients for maturity or stability for processing, and finished products for safety, quality, and nutritional value.
  • 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.
  • Inspect food processing areas to ensure compliance with government regulations and standards for sanitation, safety, quality, and waste management.
  • Study the structure and composition of food or the changes foods undergo in storage and processing.
  • Test new products for flavor, texture, color, nutritional content, and adherence to government and industry standards.
  • Demonstrate products to clients.
  • Develop food standards and production specifications, safety and sanitary regulations, and waste management and water supply specifications.
  • Test new products for flavor, texture, color, nutritional content, and adherence to government and industry standards.
  • Study methods to improve aspects of foods, such as chemical composition, flavor, color, texture, nutritional value, and convenience.