Bachelor of Science (Food Technology and Nutrition)Career
With a food science degree you can pursue a range of career paths within the industry in areas such as processing, manufacturing, packaging, marketing, research, quality assurance, product development
Food scientists use analytical techniques to test properties of food including nutritional value, flavour, and levels of various substances. They test foods to provide product information, ensure the safety of food products and ensure that food manufacturing processes meet government and industry standards.
Food scientists explore and develop new products, manufacturing methods and conduct sensory evaluation of products. They can also investigate and set safety and quality standards for production, packaging and marketing.
Evaluating the nutritional value of foods is a vital aspect of food science. Nutritionists specialise in studying the health aspects of food as well as food composition, consumption and regulation.
Graduates of this program have found jobs with major food companies such as:
Graduates of the food technology stream find jobs with large food processing companies in research and development, marketing or quality assurance roles.
Graduates of the nutrition stream work for food companies in areas such as product development, marketing and regulatory affairs.
Many graduates have progressed to managerial roles in food companies, while some have taken up roles in government departments or with regulatory bodies.
Globally, food production is the world’s largest industry and is still growing and employment prospects for food scientists in Australia are excellent.
Nationally, the sector constitutes 30 per cent of Australian manufacturing, employs more than 220,000 people and generates more than $55 billion in exports annually.
Melbourne's food industry is set to double over the next 10 years as part of a government plan to make the city's northern region a major food industry hub with the assistance of RMIT University and other partners.
The Australian Government’s National Food Plan aims to increase the value of food related exports from Australia by 45 per cent and to increase food productivity by 30 per cent by 2025.
You will have the opportunity to work on projects linked to industry. Past projects have involved working in research and development to design new processes or create new food products, and a labelling project that promotes a product's nutritional profile.
Industry is involved with our quality assurance course, with projects designed and assessed by representatives of the industry.
Professional recognition and accreditation
Graduates of both streams are eligible for Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology (AIFST) membership.
Nutrition stream graduates may also be eligible to apply for registration as a nutritionist with the Nutrition Society of Australia.
Graduates may pursue further study in an area of specialisation.
Students in the nutrition stream can select electives that will allow them to undertake postgraduate studies in dietetics or education.