Food Technology and Processing
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Food technology and processing is a program that focuses on the application of chemical, physical, and engineering principles to the development and implementation of manufacturing, packaging, storage, and distribution technologies and processes for food products. includes instruction in food engineering, food preservation and handling, food preparation, food packaging and display, food storage and shipment, and related equipment and facilities design, operation, and maintenance.
Current award levels
Hover over the bars below to see how many people across the country completed a degree in food technology and processing at each level last year.
0204060801001200-1 Year Certificate1-2 Year CertificateAssociate's DegreeBachelor's DegreeMaster's DegreeResearch Doctorate
People with this degree have gone on to work in these careers
Food Scientists and Technologists
undefined majors work in these careers, which are sized by percentage of majors in the career (at least 1%) and colored by the predominant level of education.
High School
Bachelor's Degree
Race/origin of recent graduates
Here is an overview of race/origin for all food technology and processing graduates from this last academic year. We found a higher percentage of international graduates in this program than in 73% of other programs.
Race/Origin
White
Black
Pacific Islander
Hispanic
Asian
American Indian
Multiracial
Not Reported
International
Context: Percentage of Minority Graduates
Minority students comprise a higher percentage of graduates than in 70% of other programs.
Gender
Of all people with any degree in food technology and processing earned in the last academic year, 34% were women.
Gender
Men
Women
Context: Percentage women
This is a lower percentage of women than 70% of other programs.
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Recommended careers
Following are the jobs recommended for those who study this degree. These are listed in order of highest nationwide employment.
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Similar programs
Following are related programs, ordered by those with the highest number of completions. You can explore a full list in the last section for programs below.
Staring Salaries and College Debt by Award
How are students who recently completed a degree in Food Technology and Processing doing?

New data from College Scorecard gives us a glimpse into the earnings and debt for recent graduates in their first year or two after leaving school. Shown is the distribution of the medians reported for all schools with graduates in the given program/award level.

Starting salaries by award level
$40K$0$20K$40K$60KBachelor's Degree
Median cumulative federal loan amount
$22K$0$10K$20K$30KBachelor's Degree
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What careers are recommended with this degree?

Is this degree preparing you for a career with a salary you want? Are there lots of openings in the near future? The Department of Education suggests these careers as a starting list, and Ididio hopes that if the career you're most interested in doesn't appear here, you will head over to our careers site and learn more about paths to your best career.

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Salary Spread
Salary distribution for people in this occupation
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
How much school?
Education level of people in this occupation
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Employed
The number of people employed in this occupation
Growth Rate
The projected percentage growth in employment for this occupation in 10 years
Annual Job Openings
The projected average number of job openings per year
Agricultural and Food Science Technicians
$0$200K$41K
29,200
6.1%
3,800
Food Scientists and Technologists
$0$200K$65K
14,900
5.3%
1,800
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What schools offer this program?
Explore schools that offer food technology and processing degrees and certificates

We've created a list of schools that offer this program for the level you select. We've also chosen a few facts about each school that give you an idea of the educational quality each school might offer:

  • Student-Faculty Ratio: A small number of students per full-time instructor suggests individual attention for each student and an up-to-date curriculum.

  • Satisfaction Rate: A high percentage of returning first-year students should correlate with satisfaction (schools call this their retention rate).

  • Repayment Rate: A high repayment rate means most alumni earn enough to make progress repaying loans within 7 years of leaving.

We also show the total enrollment for the school as measured by full-time-equivalent (FTE) students enrolled annually. You can filter the list by award level and by state. Clicking on any table headers will sort the table by that column, and clicking on any row sends you to Ididio's school profile.

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School
State
Total enrollment
Student to Full-time Faculty Ratio
Average Net Price
Repayment Rate
6-year Completion Rate
California State University - Los Angeles
CA
21,573
31.3
$4,403
63%
62%
College of Southern Idaho
ID
4,006
27.8
$6,426
57%
24%
Flathead Valley Community College
MT
1,466
20.5
$9,499
63%
29%
Hartnell College
CA
5,942
44.9
$6,532
48%
20%
Kansas State University
KS
16,697
18.9
$18,002
82%
58%
Lakeshore Technical College
WI
1,524
14.9
$9,337
66%
41%
Minnesota State University - Mankato
MN
11,883
28.6
$14,519
84%
54%
New Mexico State University - Main Campus
NM
10,404
19.5
$9,462
60%
47%
North Dakota State University - Main Campus
ND
10,626
23.4
$15,472
89%
53%
Regis University
CO
3,502
20.0
$26,273
73%
53%
Santa Rosa Junior College
CA
12,126
38.2
$8,433
61%
34%
South College
TN
1,607
15.4
$17,146
47%
32%
University of Georgia
GA
27,941
18.4
$15,539
78%
83%
University of Puerto Rico - Utuado
PR
1,009
24.0
$10,551
36%
23%
Western Kentucky University
KY
14,088
21.6
$12,486
64%
46%
Explore similar programs

Food Technology and Processing is part of a larger collection of programs: Agriculture. Is there a different program that's close to Food Technology and Processing that might be a better match for your interests? You can use this table to see a little about the programs that fall under this umbrella. If you click on any of the table headers, that will sort the table by that column, or click on a row and see Ididio's profile for that program.

Program
Graduates
Award Levels
Less than Bachelor's
Bachelor's
Graduate
Gender
Men
Women
Race/Origin
White
Minority
International
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