Undergraduate Major Details

Food Science

What Can I Do With This Major?

About this major

The Food Science major is in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

A great starting point when you are unsure what careers relate to your academic interests. Check out specific job titles, work places and links to related professional organizations:


The following are examples of locations where students in this major have completed internships in past years. If you're a student thinking about participating in an internship, this list is a great place to start your search.

Internship Sponsors
California Wheat Commission
Camp Adventure Child and Youth Services
Campbell Soup Supply Company
CommuniCare Health Centers
Davis Community Meals
Eyes on J Optometry
Perishable Foods Council of Northern CA
Rite Aid Pharmacy
Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services
Solano Sports Physical Therapy
Sutter Medical Center Sacramento
UC Davis Agricultural Sustainability Institute
UC Davis Department of Food Science and Technology
UC Davis Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Resource Center
UC Davis Medical Center (UCDMC)
UC Davis Student Housing
UC Davis Student Recruitment and Retention Center
UC Davis Sustainable AgTech Innovation Center
UCDHS Department of Patient Care Services
UCDMC - Orthopaedic Surgery Spine Center
UCDMC Cardiac Rehabilitation Program
UCDMC Child Life

Graduating Class Demographics

The following are self-reported data from the Internship and Career Center's First Destination Survey (FDS). The FDS provides a snapshot of what students in this major do directly following graduation. In some instances, the sample size is too small to report reliable results.

Year Graduating Class Completed First Destination Survey Response Rate
2012-13 58 27 46.6%
2013-14 74 12 16.2%

Post-Graduation Endeavor

Some graduates immediately enter the workforce, whereas others pursue further education. Some have different plans entirely. The table below details what students in this major typically do following graduation.

Year Employed* Seeking Employment Attending Graduate School Other+
2012-13 42.3% 38.5% 15.4% 3.8%
2013-14 50.0% 25.0% 25.0% 0.0%
2014-15 58.8% 23.5% 17.6% 0.0%
2015-16 52.3% 18.2% 18.2% 11.4%
2016-17 36.4% 36.4% 9.1% 18.2%
* Employment includes having any job, not just a full-time career-related position.
+ Other endeavors typically include traveling or family obligations.


Of those students from this major who enter the workforce, the table below lists their employer and job title. This list is not exhaustive, and is just meant to provide basic guidance to upcoming graduates looking to enter the workforce. Check out this diverse list of jobs, and then use it to start your own search.

Companies Position
Deschutes Brewery Lab Technician
E. & J. Gallo Winery Harvest Lab Intern
Flying Food Group Quality Assurance Technican
Hains Quality Assurance Associate
Jelly Belly Regulatory Compliance Tech
Mumm Napa Grape Sampler Harvest Intern
Novozymes Intern
Pasta Prima Research and Development Assistant
Pepsico Supply Chain Operations
Raley's Quality Assurance
Sugar Bowl Bakery Qa Tech
Unilever Associate Scientist
University of California, Davis Junior Specialist
University of California, Davis Student Research Assistant
University of California, Davis Theatre Instructor
Valley Fine Foods, Pasta Prima Quality Assurance Technician

Salary Summary Statistics

The table below presents the salary distribution for recent graduates who reported full-time employment in the FDS. Salaries vary widely by position type and geography. Thus, the numbers below are a rough guide to what graduates in this major can expect to make in a 'typical' entry-level position.

Year Mean Median
2012-13 $43,000 $43,000
2013-15 $39,000 $43,000
2015-17 $42,315 $43,000