Your degree in Food Science

While studying Food Science, you’re learning how to apply the fields of chemistry, biology, and engineering to different aspects of the food industry such as food processing, food safety, quality assurance, preservation, and product development.

You’ll develop important skills through laboratory testing and hands-on practical experience and apply your scientific knowledge and research to address the nutritional and sensory properties of food products. The skills you gain will allow you to drive change in the food industry, informing industry trends, policies, and more.

These skills may include:

  • Biological, microbiological, and biochemical testing and laboratory analyses on food
  • Quantitative and qualitative research and data synthesis related to food, such as vitamin and mineral interactions during processing procedures
  • Usage of laboratory techniques, such as titration, extraction, and measuring of melting or boiling points of different food components
  • Project management and experimental design for the food industry
  • Application of logical and systematic thought processes to understanding of the biochemical enzymatic and microbiological processes in food
  • Analytical method development or validation, ensuring compliance with safety regulations regarding quality assurance or quality control
  • Critical analysis of current food science literature and report-writing related to food safety, processing, and product development
  • Application and testing of chemical reactions used in food such as the Maillard reaction

Explore career possibilities

Career opportunities vary widely across a range of fields including food product development, quality assurance, government inspection and regulatory agencies, food product research, supply chain management, business operations, entrepreneurship, sales and marketing, intellectual property, and others.

There are many career paths that can combine your academics, skills, and experience with your different interests. See the job titles below for ideas, but note that some career options may require further education or training.

Visit the National Occupational Classification website to research basic requirements and responsibilities of jobs in your field.

Bacteriological technician

Biological laboratory technologist

Botanical technician

Chemistry technician

Consumer product officer

Consumer product officer

Quality assurance technician or manager

Quality assurance or lab technician

Quality control technician in food processing

Food bacteriological technician

Food analysis technician

Food laboratory manager

Food processing specialist inspector

Food industry regulation or inspection

Food packaging technologist

Food manufacturing maintenance

Food technologist

Microbiology quality control technologist

Microbiology technologist (except medical)

Plant breeding technician

Product development chef

Seed technologist

Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) coordinator

Microbiology technician

Fish hatchery technician

Fisheries technician

Food production manager

Make the most of your major

Your experiences will open doors to new opportunities and help clarify understanding of your values and interests.

UBC Dairy Education and Research Centre
Access this state-of-the-art facility which provides opportunities for dairy research and education.

Departmental research opportunities
Reach out directly to faculty members to ask about potential research positions

UBC Farm
Get involved with many different opportunities in teaching and research on this 24-hectare community farm on campus.

Agora Eats Café
Provide affordable, healthy food choices volunteering with this student-run café within the MacMillan building.

UBC Wine Research Centre
Connect with this centre that brings together researchers from the Vancouver and Kelowna campuses focused on technological advancement of the wine industry in British Columbia and Canada.

UBC Nutrikids
Meet other UBC students to work together to provide nutrition education workshops for Lower Mainland elementary schools. 

Roots on the Roof
Join this student-run club that manages community garden plots and hosts community events  on the roof of the Nest. 

UBC Sprouts and Seedlings
Volunteer your time with this student-run non-profit grocery store and café on campus. 

Food Nutrition and Health mailing list
Subscribe to receive a weekly email update on postings for volunteer and paid opportunities related to food and nutrition.

Vegans of UBC
Work with other vegans to build a more ethical and healthier UBC community.

BC Children’s Hospital research
Participate in an undergraduate research project related to child and family health.

Beneath One Sky UBC
Volunteer with this non-profit student-run organization to support impoverished communities in Greater Vancouver through events like a soup kitchen. 

Attend events and help raise awareness and funds for common neurodegenerative diseases

Canadian Food Inspection Agency
Learn about the agency that safeguards food, animals, and plants for Canadian communities.

Canadian Institutes of Health Research
Connect with 13 health research institutes involved in innovating the Canadian health care system.

Health Canada
Dive into the department assisting Canadians with their individual health situations.

Make connections

Employers often hire people they know, so help them get to know you! You can build your network through clubs, classes, informational interviews, and more. There are so many ways to make connections and find mentors.

The professional associations below are also great resources for meeting people, learning about specific industries, and exploring job and volunteer opportunities. Most have reduced membership rates for students and new grads.

Connect with alumni on LinkedIn

More information

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