What Can I Do with a Degree in Food Systems?

The career paths for Food Systems majors are constantly growing. Our students have a wide variety of interests, such as organic practices; business production and food; food safety; food justice; and health and wellbeing — just to name a few. The ability to follow a defined track or create your own path allows you to pursue your goals either broadly or more purposefully. Some common job titles of Food Systems majors include:

  • Business consultant
  • Farm manager
  • Extension educator
  • Food shelf manager
  • Post-harvest assistant
  • Policy analyst
  • Sales representative
  • Sustainability officer
  • Community garden manager
  • Nursery operator
  • Environmental scientist
  • Crop consultant
  • Community organizer
  • Organic farm manager/owner
  • Specialty foods producer
  • Research program administrator
  • Restaurant consultant
  • Farm hand trainer and organizer
  • Organic food product marketing
  • Education coordinator
  • Farmer's market manager

Hearing about all the careers a Food Systems major can pursue is one thing; seeing what graduates actually have pursued is another story. A year after graduation, Career and Internship Services does a survey to see what jobs Food Systems students ended up in and how much they make. You can see this list on the Career and Internship Services website, but remember that this is just the tip of the iceberg for a new and growing field.


Employment Resources

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If you plan to start working after graduation, it's important to start your job search early. Start networking your senior year, and actively applying to jobs at the beginning of the semester you plan to graduate. You can find post-graduation jobs in departmental newsletters such as the Twig Bender, or through the links listed below.

Graduate School

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Many jobs in both industry and academia require a graduate level degree. Choosing which program to enter depends on the faculty members that work there, research completed, personal interests, and a variety of other factors. There are several U of M graduate programs that work with food systems-related faculty members. Below are some programs outside of the University of Minnesota suggested by faculty members working with Food Systems students.