The CDC estimates that every year, one in six Americans will suffer from a foodborne illness. Since the Food Safety Modernization Act was signed into law in 2014, there is a great need for trained, competent employees in the food industry to protect the world from foodborne illnesses.
Food safety professionals apply chemistry, microbiology and engineering principles to food processing technology. Benefits of a career in food safety include:
- Job Security: There will always be a need for qualified employees in the area of food safety because we will always need safe food.
- Career Mobility and Variety: You can work virtually anywhere along the production chain—from working for an ingredient company or a meat processor to working for the government.
- A Comfortable Living: The reported median salary for food scientists is just under $60,000 per year. The projected employment of Agricultural and Food Scientists is expected to increase 10%!