Food and Beverage

Careers in the food and beverage industries are diverse and range from the highly technical (e.g. chemical engineers and food scientists) to those using business and social skills (e.g. marketing associates and operations/logistics managers). Staff in these fields work to move raw food and products through the processing, packaging, and transportation to customers. Fresh produce, wine, spirits, juices and canned and perishable processed foods move from farm to table, sometimes across short distances where customers buy directly from producers and sometimes traveling thousands of miles. There are careers at every step of the way. Explore your options while keeping your own unique interests, skills, and values in mind.

Some possible job titles include:

  • Food Scientist
  • Quality Assurance Specialist
  • Product Developer
  • Researcher
  • Marketing Associate
  • Food Processor
  • Viticulturist
  • Enologist
  • Operations/Logistics Specialist
  • Winemaker
  • Post-Harvest Analyst
  • Food Safety Inspector
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Chemical Engineer
  • Brewmaster
  • Nutritionist
  • Fermentation Microbiologist
  • Food Broker
  • Sensory Evaluator

Areas of Interest

The Occupational Outlook Handbook provides detailed information about career options in agricultural and food sciences and in marketing and management. Be sure to check out the “Similar Occupations” tab on each page to explore related fields.

Related fields

If you are interested in careers relating to foods and beverages, you might also look at careers in: agriculture, business and management, engineering and computer science, health and medicinegovernment, international and nonprofit.

Major Information

To find out where fellow Aggies interned and found employment by major, use the ICC data pages.

Campus Organizations

Student organizations are a great place to connect with others exploring similar career interests. Use the keyword search in the Center for Student Involvement’s OrgSync database to find student organizations that relate to your interests.

Master’s and Ph.D. students, and postdoctoral scholars can participate in and take on leadership roles in campus organizations such as the Graduate Student Association, Chancellor’s Graduate and Professional Student Advisory Board and the Postdoctoral Scholar’s Association.

Professional Associations

Joining professional associations related to the industry you are interested in provides access to professionals in the field, and networking opportunities which can lead to potential jobs and internships. Many national associations have state and local chapters you can join. Involvement in associations can also provide you insider updates on industry trends and best practices. One of the best ways to identify relevant associations is to search for them online, but we have provided some resources below to get you started. Please note that this is not an exhaustive list.

Visit the ICC and Meet with an Advisor

For further guidance narrowing down your career interests, you can schedule an advising appointment. Our advising page has a list of all ICC advisors or you can review the list of undergraduate advisors below: