Food Scientists and Technologists

risk level
Based on 90 votes
by 2031
or $38.39 hourly
as of 2022

Automation risk

38% (Low Risk)

Low Risk (21-40%): Jobs in this level have a limited risk of automation, as they demand a mix of technical and human-centric skills.

More information on what this score is, and how it is calculated is available here.

Some quite important qualities of the job are difficult to automate:

  • Originality

  • Social Perceptiveness

  • Negotiation

  • Persuasion

User poll

31% chance of full automation within the next two decades

Our visitors have voted that there is a small chance this occupation will be replaced. This assessment is further supported by the calculated automation risk level, which estimates 38% chance of automation.

What do you think the risk of automation is?

What is the likelihood that this occupation will be replaced by robots or AI in the next 20 years?


Moderate growth relative to other professions

The number of 'Food Scientists and Technologists' job openings is expected to rise 5.7% by 2031

Total employment, and estimated job openings

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031.
Updated projections are due Sep 2023.


High paid relative to other professions

In 2022, the median annual wage for 'Food Scientists and Technologists' was $79,860, or $38.39 per hour

'Food Scientists and Technologists' were paid 72.4% higher than the national median wage, which stood at $46,310

Wages over time

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Lower range of job opportunities compared to other professions

As of 2022 there were 14,720 people employed as Food Scientists and Technologists within the United States.

This represents around 0.010% 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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Ariful Islam (No chance) says
Creativity, Innovation and Scientific Knowledge are required for this Profession.
Feb 24, 2022 at 06:37 PM
Sanjay (Small 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. Yes
Apr 13, 2021 at 09:52 AM
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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