Health and Community

Relevant majors: Biochemistry/Biotechnology, Biodiversity, Chemistry, Forensic Science, Medicinal Chemistry, Microbiology, Genetics, Neuroscience, Physiology, Psychology

Scientists in this field offer critical support to the food manufacturing industry and public health groups to better identify and control hazards in the food supply and an undergraduate Science degree is a wonderful beginning to career opportunities such as:

  • Agricultural chemist: analyses agricultural and food products to ensure product quality and safety; may also work in environmental monitoring and protection; may be involved in development of new technologies for processing of raw products
  • Environmental scientist: analyses measurements of air, food, water and soil to determine the best methods to clean and preserve the environment and minimise health hazards
  • Food microbiologist: examines micro- organisms in food with the aim of improving food production and food safety; may also study outbreaks of food-borne illness and track the origin and spread of the illness to help prevent future outbreaks
  • Food quality assurance officer: monitors the quality of the environment in order to interpret the impact of human actions and to develop strategies for restoring ecosystems
  • Food scientist: uses their knowledge of science, engineering and biotechnology to develop new or better ways of preserving, processing, packaging, storing and delivering food; may be involved in research into new food sources