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Programs in food engineering can be attractive educational pathways for students interested in careers as agricultural or food scientists. Food engineering programs integrate principles of natural sciences, such as chemistry and genetics, with engineering advances, such as nanotechnology and biotechnology.
Food engineering programs come in many different formats, depending on career goals and intended length of study. Students may pursue a bachelor's degree in either food engineering or food science and technology. In addition, master's programs offer further avenues of study for those wanting to advance their career prospects.
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The BLS has reported that a bachelor's degree in an engineering specialty, such as food engineering, is the minimum educational requirement for many applied food science careers. Students take introductory and specialized courses such as:
Food science and technology programs blend lab-intensive training with didactic coursework. Topics include:
Designed for individuals who already have work experience in the field, areas of study might be:
In Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy programs in food science and technology, students use mathematics, computer applications, thermodynamics and other engineering processes to address problems in food processing. They typically choose an area of concentration within food science and technology and a minor in an outside field, such as molecular biochemistry, biophysics, chemical engineering, animal science or genetics. Research, teaching experience and an oral exam form parts of the curriculum.
The BLS projected that food scientists and technologists' employment would grow by 11% from 2012-2022. As of May 2012, these workers had a median annual salary of $58,070, according to the BLS.
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