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The food industry is an expanding and diversifying multi-billion dollar industry operating in a highly competitive market and must work with the health sector to respond to the challenges of ever-higher consumer expectations.
To do so they need highly qualified graduates with a clear understanding of food, nutrition, health and their inter-relationships. A degree in food and nutrition with a food science major leads to a career in a competitive and rapidly developing industry that is fundamental to all our lives. It is no understatement that as a graduate of food and nutrition you will have excellent employment prospects both nationally and internationally.
There is a wealth of exciting and diverse opportunities in areas such as production management, food quality, food safety, new product development and research, nutrition, sales and marketing and processing technology. Employers range from the major international corporations to small and medium size enterprises in such areas of the food sector as convenience foods, beverages, baked products, food ingredients, meat and dairy products and fresh fruit and vegetable production.
The food industry is constantly changing, creating new opportunities and producing exciting careers for its employees. There is a need for continuous technical input in order to be able to respond to and anticipate the changing demands of the consumer.
The roles in the food industry can vary depending on the specific position, department, type of business and the size of the company.
Types of employers:
Private and non-profit organisations:
Cereal & grain companies
Dairy product companies
Flavour and fragrance companies
Food equipment manufacturers
Food manufacturing firms
Frozen food companies
Meat product firms
Supermarket corporate offices
Department of Agriculture
Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ)
Federal Department of Health
State Health Departments
A product developer will work closely with manufacturing, sales and marketing and able to provide support and technical drive. Product development involves developing innovative, attractive novel products using technical skills/knowledge in food processing, specialist knowledge of ingredients and process interactions, sensory evaluation and knowledge of the Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) food regulations.
Product Development Technologist, Product Development Scientist, Product Developer, Senior Scientist, Nutritionist, Food Scientist, Research and Development Scientist, Product Development Manager, Food Technologist, Product Innovation Officer
Rachel Sumwai (pdf 14KB) graduated from Bachelor of Food Science and Nutrition at Deakin in 2007.
Expert in area:
Anne-Marie Mackintosh (pdf 19KB) provides insight into careers in product development and management.
Sensory scientists play a role in quality control and product development. They manage and train sensory panels who determine which flavour qualities are present in products. Sensory scientists work closely with marketing, product development and research departments by giving valuable input in how existing products can be optimised and new products can be developed in such a way that it meets the needs of consumers.
Sensory Analyst, Sensory Scientist, Sensory Research Scientist, Sensory Evaluation Scientist, Sensory Project Leader, Food Scientist, Senior Scientist.
Janelle Kwon (pdf 13KB) graduated from Bachelor of Food Science and Nutrition (Hons) at Deakin in 2008.
Expert in area:
Dr Samuel Stephen (pfd 22KB) expert in sensory analysis at Simplot Australia
Food Microbiologist, Quality Assurance Process Microbiologist, Quality Assurance Manager, Food Auditor, Risk Assessment Officer, Food Safety Manager, Food Safety Specialist, Quality Assurance Specialist, Quality Assurance Coordinator, Quality Assurance Food Safety Manager, Quality Control Technologist, Quality Assurance Assistant, Quality Assurance Officer Food Technologist, Quality and Innovation Officer, Technical Manager
Food Product Marketing Officer, Product Buyer, Brand Manager, Marketing Officer, Sales Representative, Technical Sales Representative, Technical Sales and Marketing Manager, Sales Manager, Marketing Manager, Sales Support Coordinator, Sales Officer
Product Development Manager, Technical Manager, Brand Manager, Quality Assurance Manager, Project Manager, Sales Manager, Food Safety Manager, Marketing Manager, Research Manager, Regulatory Manager, Research and Development Senior Project Leader
Expert in the area:
Ashley James - completed the Bachelor of Applied Science (Food Science and Nutrition) (now the Bachelor of Food and Nutrition) in 2002
Read Ashley's profile on his role in the management area of food and nutrition (pdf 97KB)
Nutritionist, Research Scientist, Senior Scientist, Food Scientist
Chrystal Yam (pdf 15KB) graduated from Bachelor of Applied Science (Food and Nutrition) Honours at Deakin in 2007
Expert in area:
Dr Ramon Hall (pdf 37KB) - Master of Human Nutrition, PhD. Dairy Health & Nutrition Consortium Manager, Dairy Innovation Australia Limited.
Research Scientist, Senior Food Scientist, Food Scientist, Research Manager, Principal Scientist, Laboratory Scientist