Everyone must eat, so jobs related to safely and efficiently feeding our world will always be on the table. Our one-of-a-kind degree pairs relevant scientific, regulatory, and legal expertise with global perspectives about public and ecosystem health. This comprehensive approach taught alongside the fields and farms feeding our nation provides you with a diverse blend of learning experiences and professional connections.
Launch Your Career
With a growing demand for safe food and sustainable systems, industries related to food safety and science are thriving. A degree in food safety positions you for success in this critical industry. Arizona’s many agricultural operations are eager to offer you hands-on experience that will give you a competitive edge.
Potential Career Paths for Food Safety Majors:
- Quality assurance manager: Design and oversee the implementation of policies and procedures to ensure that quality and food safety targets are met during procurement, production, and distribution. Positions exist in all types of food-related industries and businesses, including restaurant management, distribution facilities, commercial food production facilities, and more.
- Product development scientist: Develop beverages and food products while providing scientific and regulatory affairs support as needed to help organizations expand product lines and meet strategic goals.
- Regulatory affairs specialist: Collect, organize, and track supplier related documents to ensure compliance with food safety regulations. Provide support and guidance with labeling, claims, and product specification to assure FDA regulatory compliance.
- Food process specialist: Guide and develop various processing techniques, including adequate sanitation procedures, that ensure safe and effective manufacturing processes.
- Global trade compliance analyst: Execute compliance activities, perform audits, facilitate import/export operational processes, and document policies and procedures related to global compliance and trade.
- Food law attorney: Meet the legal needs of farmers and food businesses. Counsel clients on compliance with food regulations, draft agreements, protect intellectual property, identify and manage the risks of an inherently risky enterprise, and providing a wide variety of other services.
- Lobbyist: Represent a range of organizations’ interests related to food safety regulations addressed by the local, state, and federal government. Help guide policies that promote the safe and sustainable production, packaging, and distribution of food.
- Food toxicology: Work collaboratively in cross-functional teams to research, test, and analyze the safety of products and protect the integrity and authenticity of the brand.
- Food scientist: Apply chemistry, biology, and other sciences to study the basic elements of food. You’ll analyze the nutritional content of food, discover new food sources, and research ways to make processed foods safe and healthy.
- Microbiologist: Study the commercial safety of food and identify packaging and ingredient options to improve texture and flavor.
- Public health and regulatory agencies: Prevent and investigate foodborne outbreaks and conduct educational outreach to promote safe and sustainable food practices.
- Public relations and communications: Write about and promote safe and sustainable food products and practices.
Our experienced advisors will:
- Listen to you to learn about your interests and goals.
- Help you to explore career opportunities that align with your goals.
- Identify experiences you’ll need to land the job.
- Work with you every step of the way to ensure you graduate on time.
- Assist you as you plan your next steps after graduation.
Our advisors are here to guide and support you, from selecting a graduate program or employer to completing your resume and applications.
CALS Career Center
It’s OK to not know what you want to do for the rest of your life. We’re here to help you explore career paths as you learn more about yourself and what professions best align with your talents and gifts.
Our supportive advisors and the friendly staff at the Career Center will help you:
- Find internship opportunities.
- Prepare your resume, cover letter, and portfolio.
- Practice for interviews.
Gain confidence and discover your passionate purpose through our range of one-on-one, online, and group services and information.