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Career Opportunities

The food processing industry is one of the largest industries in the United States. The food industry has proven to be relatively stable during the economic downturns due to the continued increase in consumer demands for convenient, safe and nutritious food products. A Bachelor degree in Food Processing and Technology prepares you to succeed in the food processing industry and qualifies you for managerial positions in very exciting and rewarding industry. The Central and Western Kentucky regions of Kentucky have a significant number of food processors who enthusiastically endorse this new program. According to the 2009 Institute of Food Technologists Survey, the starting salary for graduates with one year or less of professional food-related work experience since receiving their BS degree—increased by 9.2% to $50,000 from $45,800 in 2007.

Job opportunities are strong in the food industry and there never been enough graduates to fill available jobs. Graduates are needed to manage and supervise high-tech food processing industries that produce fresh and processed meat and poultry, dairy products, bakery goods, frozen and canned fruits and vegetables, juices and sauces, confections, and snack foods. Positions also may be in areas such as quality assurance and quality control, food safety, processing and operations management, technical service, product development, research and development, supply chain management, lean manufacturing, and sales.

 Position Titles Held by Graduates

  • Quality Assurance Supervisor/ Manager
  • Quality Control Technician/Supervisor
  • Food Production Supervisor/Manager
  • Food Sanitation Supervisor/Manager
  • Food Safety/HACCP Coordinator
  • State and Federal Food Inspector
  • Food Technologist
  • Food Plant Manager
  • Food Product Development Manager
  • Food R&D Specialist
  • Food Packaging Specialist
  • Food Process Engineer
  • Technical Sales Representative


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 Last Modified 9/24/14