Food Scientists and Technologists

6.6/10 job score
risk level
by 2030
or $35.31 hourly
as of 2020

What is the risk of automation?

We calculate this occupation to have an automation risk score of 3% (Totally Safe)

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What do you think the risk of automation is?

How likely do you think this occupation will be taken over by robots/AI within the next 20 years?

How quickly is this occupation growing?

The number of 'Food Scientists and Technologists' job openings is expected to rise 6.7% by 2030
'Food Scientists and Technologists' is expected to be an average growing occupation in comparison to other occupations.
* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2020 and 2030.
Updated projections are due Sep 2022.

What are the median wages for 'Food Scientists and Technologists' in the United States?

In 2020 the median annual wage for 'Food Scientists and Technologists' was $73,450, or $35.31 hourly
'Food Scientists and Technologists' are paid 75.1% higher than the national median wage, which stands at $41,950
* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics

How many people are employed as food scientists and technologists?

As of 2020 there were 13,080 people employed as Food Scientists and Technologists within the United States.
This represents around 0.009% of the employed workforce across the country.
Put another way, around 1 in 10 thousand people are employed as Food Scientists and Technologists.

Job description

Use chemistry, microbiology, engineering, and other sciences to study the principles underlying the processing and deterioration of foods; analyze food content to determine levels of vitamins, fat, sugar, and protein; discover new food sources; research ways to make processed foods safe, palatable, and healthful; and apply food science knowledge to determine best ways to process, package, preserve, store, and distribute food.

SOC Code: 19-1012.00

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ji ae Song says
I think people must do the job because it requires creativity to create new flavors and textures.
Nov 06, 2020 at 12:46 AM
Kims says
People are always looking for new things and therefore processed foods are changing, so they should be able to come up with creative ideas by actively changing them without stopping.
Sep 02, 2020 at 03:38 AM
Sarah (No chance) says
Having food scientists would help inspect the food we eat. So there is something artificial intelligence and robots won't be able to do anyways.
Jun 26, 2019 at 08:28 PM

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