Food Technology

What to expect from a career in Food Technology

Studying food science and technology opens the doors to a wide range of career options. You could find yourself in a research kitchen developing the newest food products to hit the grocery store shelves, or on the factory floor ensuring that food processing machinery is well-maintained and food safety standards are met.

If you’re interested in turning your scientific curiosity and your passion for food into a career as a food technologist, here's what you need to know.

Food Technology Courses

Depending on your career goals, there are several options open to you when choosing a food technology program. Some college programs put more focus on culinary innovation and creativity, while others focus more on food science and analysis.

Food science and technology programs leading to a two- or three-year diploma generally include courses in food product development, food chemistry, microbiology, and food safety, as well as food processing and packaging techniques. All of these programs include laboratory components where you can practice your skills, and some offer co-op options.

You may also choose to work toward a one-year food technician certificate to prepare for a hands-on career in the food and beverage manufacturing industry.

General Food Technology Program Requirements

Most Ontario college Food Technology programs require an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), with grade 12 credits in math and English. Programs with a focus on food science, food safety and food product development may also recommend high school biology and chemistry courses.

For some programs, previous culinary training may qualify you for advanced standing. Check with the college of your choice for more details.

Food Technology Jobs and Salaries

Food and beverage processing is one of the largest manufacturing industries in Ontario, employing over 110,000 people. In addition to working in the food manufacturing industry, food technology graduates may find careers in government agencies overseeing food regulation and inspection.

Possible jobs in food science and technology include:

  • Product development chef
  • Food production manager
  • Food industry regulation/inspection
  • Food packaging technologist
  • Food processing technician
  • Food manufacturing maintenance

Depending on which program you choose and where you find employment, a starting salary in a food technology field can range from $28,000 to $55,000 per year.

Ontario Colleges Offering Food Technology Programs

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