Culinology and Food Science
Do you love food and have a head for science? Ever wonder who computes the calories and other nutritional information you see on your favorite fast-food restaurant menus? If both food and science interest you, then a career in culinology may be for you. Culinologists and food science technicians work in laboratory settings to assist food scientists in researching and developing new food products, and controlling the quality of individual foods and menus.
Culinologists can work in food manufacturing, chain restaurants, hotels, ingredient supply houses, consulting and academia, and new product development. If you’re excited about the idea of joining a new and growing field where food is your focus and the laboratory is your domain, let OCC Career Advantage prepare you for a career as a food science technician or a food scientist. We offer both basic and professional-level certificate programs, as well as an associate degree program. Food science technicians in California earn a median annual income of $42,348, while full food scientists earn $76,419. You could develop the next “big thing” in food, and help advance this new field of food science – read on to learn more.
A sampling of courses for these careers
Cell and Molecular Biology
Menu Planning and Purchasing
Did you know?
Projected employment for food science technicians in California is expected to increase by 19 percent through 2024, faster than average, according to O*Net Online.
Complete our certificate program, and you’ll be well-prepared to enter a career in culinology, or earn an associate degree for even greater advancement opportunities.
In less than 2 years
you can earn:
Certificate of Achievement
Build on your certificate
of achievement with a:
Certificate of Specialization
Or earn your
in under 4 years
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Did you know?
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, people who have a certificate as
their highest level of education earned, on average, 20 percent more than
those whose highest education level is a high school diploma.
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