Career Development

As a community committed to advancing the science of food, IFT is dedicated to providing the best learning and professional development opportunities to help you and your team succeed. Whether you're trying to find a new job, get a promotion, or excel in your new career, IFT has the learning opportunities and resources to help you achieve your professional development goals no matter what stage of you career.

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Whether you’re looking to find a job or wanting to post a job, IFT’s Career Center is a great year-long resource to support you in your job search pursuits. IFT’s Career Center is also a recruiter's best friend. Source top food science talent by posting your position on IFT’s Career Center.

Racine, Wisconsin, Under the guidance of the Regional Sales Manager the Associate Sales Executive for the Domestic Division is responsible for the sales support activities and marketing of Butter Buds products within a defined territory.  These responsibilities will include: developing and maintaining a list of targeted prospects with the goal of increasing customer count as defined by the Regional Sales Manager; introduction of new products into the marketplace; sales presentations to current customers...
Racine, Wisconsin, The Associate Food Scientist – Research and Development works under the direction of and provides assistance to the Director of Research and Development and the Research and Development Manager.  This position creates new formulas and prepares benchtop samples on prototype products and conducts basic experimental design and statistical analysis.  In addition, prepares reports, graphs and charts on the basis of testing results. Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Food Science...
Vero Beach, Florida, Under the supervision of R&D and Food Application Scientists, the successful candidate will formulate and evaluate food and beverage applications that incorporate the company’s plant-based ingredients.  You'll conduct experiments, gather data, and develop preliminary findings, and prepare written briefs and reports that will drive new/improved plant-based ingredients and application technologies. You will get to interact and work along side a technical team that is highly...
Ballard, Washington, Summary: The Food Technologist II will work tightly with amazing food science and culinary team specializing in Alaskan Seafood, developing new product formulations from concept to commercialization and improving existing products. We’re looking for a creative and resourceful food product developer with several years of research & development or technical food science experience in food manufacturing. Essential Functions: Product Development: Initiates, produces, and...
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IFT thrives because of the input and thought leadership of its members. Consider getting involved to help shape programming, recognize leaders, or change the life of an aspiring food scientist.
Network: Connect with other professionals
There are many opportunities to connect with other professionals, such as:
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Connect with IFT members from across the globe to share knowledge, explore important topics, solve problems and help one another in the advancement of food science and technology.
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Network and connect with other science of food professionals in your area.
Learn: Develop Your Knowledge and Skills
IFT’s resources and learning opportunities can help you develop the skills you need to excel in your career
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IFT offers invaluable learning options to science of food professionals no matter where you are in your career. Explore IFT’s Marketplace to see upcoming and on-demand options.
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This new, customizable food traceability learning experience helps companies and their supply chains to evaluate the effectiveness of their existing traceability plans and/or create new ones.

Find your career pathThere are so many career options for science of food professionals. Explore and determine what career path is right for you.

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Find exciting opportunities in consumer research, teaching, regulatory affairs, basic research, and nutrition whether you choose to pursue work in industry, academia, or nonprofit and government institutions.
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Explore how changes in the industry are impacting the current and future job market, including compensation and benefits. We also share some go-to tips to help you advance your career.