Food Careers

Food Careers

Our Food Science major leads primarily to careers in the food production and processing industries. The basic Food Science concentration  Bumpers College students learn Food Science in hands-on lab activities. focuses on the chemistry, and the processing and analysis techniques vital to food processing companies.

Concentrations are:

  • Food Science: focuses on the chemistry, processing and analysis techniques vital to food processing companies.
  • Food Technology: requires less science and adds business courses to prepare students for management careers in the Food Industry.
  • Pre-medical, Pre-Pharmacy and Pre-Dental students can major in Food Science.

Food Scientists may work in a university, in industry or for government agencies. About 60% work in the "research and development / scientific / technical" area, according to an industry survey.

Food Science Career Opportunities:
  • Quality Assurance
  • Auditing/Inspecting
  • Corporate Management
  • Flavorist
  • Food Chemistry
  • Food Engineer
  • Food Product Development
  • Marketing
  • Microbiologist
  • Purchasing Agent/Buyer
  • Quality Assurance
  • Research and Education
  • Sensory Evaluation


Human Nutrition and Hospitality Innovation: Bumpers College students get hands-on hospitality experience.

The Human Nutrition and Hospitality Innovation major in the School of Human Environmental Sciences provides several career paths related to food, nutrition and the hospitality industry. Concentrations prepare you for careers in the food and hospitality industries, or as a Registered Dietitian or nutrition expert in health care, business or education.

Concentrations are:

Dietetics prepares students for food industry careers, and for an internship and exam to become a Registered Dietitian (RD) in the health care industry.

General Food and Nutrition allows for elective hours to combine food and nutrition study with other areas such as exercise science, journalism, business or physical and biological sciences.

Hospitality and Restaurant Management prepares you for managerial positions in the hospitality, restaurant, resort and tourism industries. You'll learn business skills in marketing, economics, accounting and business management, and receive technical training in foods, hospitality, restaurant and hotel management, and tourism management.

The historic Inn at Carnall Hall on the University of Arkansas campus serves as a learning laboratory for the HRMN concentration. Students take most courses at the Inn and work with the Chef-in-Residence and other hotel and restaurant staff members.

Human Nutrition and Hospitality Innovation Career Opportunities:

General Food and Nutrition and Dietetics:
  • Clinical Dietitian (RD required)
  • Consumer Relations Specialist
  • Corporate Nutritionist
  • Entrepreneur
  • Food and Nutrition Consultant
  • Food and Nutrition
  • Journalism/Communication
  • Food and Pharmaceutical Sales
  • Food Service Management
  • Pre-Medical, Pre-Dental
  • Public Health Nutritionist (RD required)
  • Quality Control and Quality Assurance
  • Research and Development
Restaurant and Hospitality Management:
  • Catering
  • Hospitality Managers
  • Hotel Management
  • Institutional Food Service Managers
  • Recreation/Resort Administration
  • Restaurant Management
  • Tourism Management