Food studies

Careers in food studies

The growing global population is putting increasing pressure on sustainable food production. As a food scientist you work in areas focussing on the nutritional and health implications of food composition and the development of new food products.  

You could work in research and product development, food safety and regulation, nutrition assessment or quality assurance. You may find employment locally or overseas within the food industry, government agencies, with regulatory bodies or in research.

Melbourne Burwood Campus

Skills and attributes

You will need to demonstrate the following skills and attributes to gain employment in food studies:

  • Enjoy food and food preparation
  • An interest in health and wellbeing
  • Good communication skills
  • Teamwork skills
  • Aptitude for science and research
  • Initiative and problem-solving skills
  • Observation skills
  • A high level of accuracy

Related roles include:

  • Food technologist
  • Food research and development officer
  • Food and nutrition policy officer
  • Food product marketing officer
  • Food quality assurance officer
  • Health officer
  • Product buyer
Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus

Salary and job outlook

You can learn more about graduate salaries and graduates job outcomes for food studies graduates at Graduate Careers Australia.

Look at industry trends and employment prospects by visiting Australian Government Job Outlook.

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