Want to turn your passion for food into a successful job? You’ve got lots of options beyond the traditional choices of chef, baker, and caterer (although these are great jobs too!).
“The wonderful thing about the food industry is there are so many avenues you can explore to find the fit that brings you the most value and fulfillment,” says food career expert Barbara Lang. “There are so many roads to take.”
You can develop new taste as a Flavor Chemist, import artisan goods as an Specialty Food Buyer, or help clients explore whole new worlds of flavor as a Nutritionist. If you’re interested in more off-the-beaten-trail choices, consider becoming a Culinary Historian, Research Chef, or Food Scientist.
Check out all your choices by browsing the delectable selection of our favorite food-inspired careers below.
Careers You May Like
Work to increase wine sales at stores and restaurants.
Sample food products to check for off tastes.
Create new drinks that push the envelope of taste.
Manage, train, and motivate kitchen staff.
Research and mix-up new flavors of ice cream.
Direct activities of food service facilities at amusement parks.
Run a mobile restaurant, doing everything from cooking to marketing.
Manage food services for hospitals, schools, and other large institutions.
Help shoppers find what they need and pack up their purchases.
Simmer and craft chocolate masterpieces.
Cook food and manage workers in one station of a restaurant kitchen.
Mix up large batches of sweets and keep your chocolate machines running.
Create impressive and tasty cakes for birthdays, weddings and graduations.
Add tasty flourishes to birthday, wedding, or party cakes with icing.
Get up early to get your bagels toasted and ready for the morning rush.
Devise new ways of processing and packaging food.
Make drinks, serve food, and keep customers safe and happy.
Develop new ways to make food safer, tastier, and easier to ship.
Keep operations going and income flowing at a restaurant.
Help restaurants attain quality service and spectacular sales.
Guide a kitchen toward success by creating innovative menus.
Bake sweet and savory goods for hungry people.
Keep a bar running smoothly.
Open and operate a restaurant business.
Serve customers, make hot and cold beverages, and clean store areas.
Alter the chemical makeup of food to make it better.
Oversee kitchen operations at prisons, hospitals, and similar facilities.
Prepare food from start to finish for corporate events.
Design menus, create recipes, and cook food.
Pick out the wine selection for an entire hotel or restaurant.
Oversee the creation and preparation of desserts.
Help the executive chef plan menus, manage staff, and run the kitchen.
Prepare delicious food that keeps customers full and happy.
Prepare, cook and present food for events and parties.
Make sure food and drink products are of high quality.
Experiment in the kitchen to create tasty new recipes.
Mix sugar, eggs, frosting, and flour into mouthwatering treats.
Formulate healthy diets for cattle, sheep, and other animals.
Prepare cold foods and salads for a restaurant.