UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls
The food science and technology major leads to a career that involves all aspects of agricultural food materials---from the time they leave the farm until they are used by the consumer. Students apply food science (food chemistry, food microbiology, food processing, etc) and basic sciences (physics, chemistry, biochemistry, etc) to the processing, preservation, evaluation and distribution of food.
The food industry is one of the largest manufacturing industries in the world and is growing steadily as consumer demands for convenient, safe and nutritious food/beverages grows. More emphasis is currently placed on the safety of the food supply as well as new energy-and-cost efficient technologies such as ultrafiltration, reverse osmosis, heat pump drying and more. With all of these advancements, highly-trained food scientists with technological expertise are increasing in demand.
The College includes dairy, meat and fruit and vegetable processing plants which provide students with valuable hands-on experiences in regards to food processing and food safety. The processing plants also offer internship and management opportunities for students to gain additional work experience.
According to 2015 data in the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, Minnesota ranks at the top of the list for highest level of employment, highest concentration of jobs and top paying jobs for food scientists. Wisconsin also ranks high in employment level.
Students majoring in food science and technology can look forward to careers as food scientists, food technologists, food science quality managers, research and development scientists and more at companies like Cargill, Ecolab, Sargento Foods, Inc., Foremost Farms USA, Agropur, Inc., and CHS Inc.