Careers in Food Science and Nutrition

Food Scientists


Food scientists are responsible for:

  • Making food tastier, healthier, and safer for people
  • Inventing new foods and flavours and studying how consumers like them
  • Studying how packaging preserves food after it has been processed
  • Sustainable agricultural food processing
  • Influencing people’s eating behaviours so they are more healthy
  • Improving the health of people by influencing what they eat through marketing.

Studying food science: you can study food science at the vocational and higher education level. The following are examples of courses you can explore:

  • William Angliss, Melbourne: Diploma of Food Science and Technology,
  • RMIT, Melbourne: Bachelor of Science (Food Technology and Nutrition)/Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical Engineering) (Honours),
  • Western Sydney University: Bachelor of Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security,

What are the jobs? Jobs can include:

  • Laboratory analysis
  • Quality Assurance
  • Quality Control
  • Food Policy Officer
  • Consumer Enquiries
  • Sensory Scientists
  • Product Development Officers
  • Food Chemists
  • Food Microbiologist

Nutrition and Dietetics

Nutritionists and Dietitians work with people:

  • To improve their health and wellbeing through diet and lifestyle
  • Who have health conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure that can be improved by changes to their diet
  • Who experience anorexia/bulimia
  • In hospitals, community centers, schools etc.

Studying nutrition and dietetics: To find out how to become an accredited nutritionist or dietician, go to

Examples of courses include:

What are the jobs? Jobs can include:

  • Clinical Nutritionist
  • Dietitian
  • Media
  • Public Health
  • Consumer Enquiries
  • Marketing
  • Health Promotion
  • Consultancy
  • Corporate Nutrition

Suggested School Subjects

Suggested subjects for students interested in studying food science, nutrition or dietetics include:

  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Biology
  • Mathematics
  • Physical Education
  • Health and Human Development
  • Business
  • Food Studies
  • VET Hospitality

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