Listed below are specific
careers in the food industry. Under the description are education requirements
for that career. If a specific career interests you interview two or three
people working in that area. Ask them questions such as:
- How did you get the job?
- What's a "typical"
day on the job like?
- Did you go to a college or
university? If so, what was your major?
- How can I get a good headstart
on finding out if I'd like to do what you do?
- Advertising Sepcialist -
organizes advertising for print media, coordinates advertising promotions,
and is familiar with the food industry.
- Bachelor's degree in advertising
or marketing with knowledge of company and the products they sell.
- Grocery Store Manager - oversees
all grocery store employees, advertising, marketing, and purchases.
- Advanced training either through
the company or have obtained a Bachelor's degree in Management or
- Food Processing Worker - a
person who works in a food processing plant that has a specific role in
creating the finished food product.
- On the job training. Some
may require High School diploma or GED.
- Extension Educator - a person
who works in the county educating the public on a variety of issues and
- Master's degree in the related
field. May be Agriculture, youth development, home economics, or family
- Health Inspector - a health
department worker who is responsible for inspecting restaurants and cafeterias.
They assign a rating for the public to view after each inspection.
- Advanced training or Bachelor's
degree in related field; Nutrition, Food Service, Management, etc.
- Food Technologist - applies
science and engineering to the manufacturing process of food development.
- Bachelor's degree in Technology,
Food Process Engineering, or Food Science.
- Baker -
a person who bakes and uses foods such as breads and cakes.
- On the job training. Some
bakers may have natural talent and operate a family or large-chain
- Home Economics Teacher
- a person who works in a Jr. High or High School and educates students
on general food preparation and preservation, general nutrition, and life
skills such as cleaning and organization.
- Bachelor's degree in home
economics or consumer and family sciences plus valid Teaching License.
- Researcher - a person who
researches and investigates proposed methods and new discoveries.
- Bachelor's degree in related
field. Most researchers obtain Master's degrees and PhD's in their
- Bus Boy/Bus Girl - a waitress or waiter's
helper in a restaurant, usually in the clean up of a table.
- On the job training. Many high school and
college students work as bus boys and girls.
- Food Broker - a
person who buys or sells food for food manufacturing companies.
- Bachelor's degree in Sales, Accounting, or
General Business with knowledge of the company and products they sell.
- Food Scientist - applies scientific and engineering
principles in research, development, product technology, quality control,
packaging, processing, and utlization of food.
- Bachelor's degree in Food Science or Food
- Butcher - a person
who slaughters or dresses animals for food; also a dealer in meat.
- On the job training. Some advanced training
may be required.
- Food Salesman -
a person who markets, represents, and promotes the sale of certain food
products for a specific food manufacturing company.
- Bachelor's degree in Sales or Sales Management
with knowledge of completion of speciality classes in the food industry.
- Test Kitchen Manager - a person that manages
the employees and work performed in a test kitchen. Test kitchen workers
research and develop new food ingredients and products.
- Bachelor's degree in Food Science, Foods and
Nutrition, or Food Process Engineering. Some test kitchen managers
have advanced degrees such as a Master's degree or PhD.
- Nutrition Aide -
a person who works in a nutrition or dietary department and completes
a variety of tasks. These tasks may include delivering trays to patients
in a hospital or serving food in a cafeteria.
- On the job training. Many college students
studying foods and nutrition are nutrition aides.
- Public Relations - a person who works in the
marketing and representation of food products to the general public.
- Bachelor's degree in Marketing, Business,
Management, or Human Resource Management.
- Caterer - a person
who provides food and service, for example at large parties or wedding
- Some may require H.S. diploma or GED. However,
professional caterer's obtain a Bachelor's degree in Foodservice Management
with an emphasis in catering.
- Food Demonstrator -
a person who demonstrates the preparation of a recipe. Demonstrators may
work in a kitchen store, TV stations, or restaurants.
- Bachelor's degree in Foods and Nutrition or
another foods related field.
- Writer for Newsletter - a person who writes
about specific food related topics for newsletters. Topics may include
food, restaurant, or recipe reviews, food preparation techniques, or nutrition
and wellness advice.
- Bachelor's degree in Journalism or English.
Some writers may be registered dietitians, nutritionists, caterers,
or home economics teachers.
- Hospital Food Service
- a person who works in a hospital kitchen preparing and serving food
to patients, workers, and guests.
- On the job training. H.S. diploma or GED usually
required. College students, usually studying dietetics, often work
in hospital food service.
- Dietitian - a person who coordinates, plans,
and conducts programs to educate patients about nutrition and administers
medical nutrition therapy. Dietitians also may oversee a food service
- Bachelor's degree plus internship program
to obtain registered dietitian (RD) licensure.
- Nutritionist - a
person who conducts programs on nutrition; often works in wellness or
weight loss clinics.
- Bachelor's degree in nutrition, wellness,
or health and fitness.
- Host/Hostess - a
person who greets and then seatss individuals as they enter a restaurant.
- On the job training. Many high school and
college students are hosts and hostesses.
- Dishwasher - a person
who rinses, loads, and operates a dishwasher in a food service kitchen.
- May work as a dishwasher during high school
and/or college. Some may require H.S. diploma or GED.
- School Lunch Server
- Serves food to youth in a school cafeteria.
- On the job training. H.S. Diploma or GED usually
required. College students may work in a school cafeteria.
- Vending Machine Stocker - a person who travels
to area vending machines and restocks them.
- On the job training. H.S. diploma or GED may
- Farmer - a person
who operates a farm, including raising livestock, planting, and harvesting
- Many times farms are kept in the family and
therefore farmers are taught by their elders. However, it is becoming
common for a young farmer to obtain a Bachelor's degree in Farm Management
before operating the farm.
- Stock Person - a person who works with inventory
in a food warehouse. This person oversees the entering and exiting of
food from a manufacturer's warehouse.
- On the job training. College students may
work as a stock person in a food warehouse. Some companies may hire
high school students.
- Warehouse Supervisor - a person who oversees
the employees and actions of a food storage warehouse.
- H.S. diploma or GED with management experience.
- Packer - a person who works in a food processing
plant that packs foods in product packaging according to food safety and
- Waiter/Waitress - a person who waits on tables
in a restaurant, serving food and drinks.
- Training after hired. Many high school and
college students are waiters or waitresses.
- Statistician - a person who works with the
supply and demand of food. Statisticians interpret data to determine percentages.
- Bachelor's degree in Math, Accounting, or
- Truck Driver - a person who transports food
either from the farmer to the processing plant or from the processing
plant to the grocery store, restaurant, or food market.
- Appropriate driver's license needed to operate
truck and haul materials.
- Food Service Worker - Prepares salads, sauces,
desserts, entrees according to proper preparation methods. Serves food
- On the job training. Many high school or college
students pursuing a career in food service management or dietetics
gain excellent experience as a food service worker.
- Food Photojournalist - a person who writes
about food, recipes, or techniques using photographs as the main story,
with small captions underneath.
- Complete college studies in art, electronics,
psychology, and marketing.
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