SOC Code 19-1012 - Food Scientists and Technologists

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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 - Food Scientists and Technologists is a a final level code of the “Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations” Major Occupation Category. There are 13,460 total employees classified in this occupation in the USA, with an average Hourly Wage of $36.63 and average Annual Wage of $76,190.

Occupation Examples

  • Dairy Bacteriologist
  • Enologist
  • Food Preservation Scientist
  • Food Processing Scientist
  • Food Safety Scientist
  • Food Scientist
  • Food Technologist

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