Career and Job Opportunities for Food Science and Technology Graduates in Nigeria

Food Science and Technology is a discipline that draws from several other fields of study such as microbiology, chemical engineering and nutrition. It is essentially the combined study of science and engineering to process, evaluate, package and distribute food. It is an attempt to better understand food processes and ultimately improve food products for the general public.

As the stewards of the field, food scientists study the physical, microbiological, and chemical makeup of food. By applying their findings, they are responsible for developing the safe, nutritious foods and innovative packaging that line supermarket shelves everywhere.

Generally in Nigeria one can get a Food Science and Technology degree from any of several universities who offer this as a 5 year course. There is a background work in engineering related fields.

What Does a Food Scientist do?

Concerned with the chemical process of producing, preserbing and making food better a food scientist can do a whole lot of things related to the food production, packaging and distribution industry. A food scientist conducts research, does clinical trials, inspects food and can be also heavily involved in creating better food preservatives. The work of a Food Scientist is far reaching and thus very important in today’s fast paced world where it is more important than ever for the citizens to have safe, well preserved, nutritious and affordable food.

Careers for Food Scientists and Technologists

Food Scientists can work in various parts of the economy but most especially agro-allied industries, food processing/production, and research organisations. As a Nigerian graduate of Food Science and Technology here are a few careers open for pursuit;

Research Technician – In agricultural research organisations, Food and Agro-allied firms to handle food related research work

Quality Assurance Supervisor – Monitor and check quality in food manufacturing and preservation processes in Commercial Farms, Agro allied industries, Food Processing and Packaging Companies, Government food and Health Monitoring Agencies (eg NAFDAC)

Nutrition Scientist – Conduct tests and implement best standards in Food processing/packaging industries, Hotels, Restaurants/Fast Food Chains, Government Health Agencies, Non-Governmental Organisations with focus on nutrition and hunger/malnutrition elimination

Nutrition Consultants – Can work as private consultants on diet and nutrition with a client base of mid to top level earners, or work as nutrition consultant in hospitals, NGOs etc

Food Science Lecturer – You also might choose to pursue a career in education teaching food science and technology courses to students in higher institutions. You would however be needing a hgher degree to accomplish this.

Product Developer – If you knack for developing new food products and are creative enough this could be a rewarding career path. Many food processing and manufacturing companies continue to churn out new food seasoning products, new snacks, noodles, and packaged food items. You can work in the product department of conglomerates like Nestle Plc who produce fast moving edible consumer goods and products and are always on the lookout to develop new market penetrating food products.

Sectors and Industries Where You Can Work as a Food Scientist

There are a host of places, businesses, non-profit organisations and government agencies where you can find useful career opportunities as a Food Scientist. They include;

FMCG Companies/Conglomerates
Food Processing Companies
Fishing/Food Preservation Companies
Food Processing Units of Hotels, Catering Companies and Fast Foods
Government Food Related Health Agencies (eg NAFDAC)
Local and International NGOs on Food, Malnutrition etc
Beverage Production Companies

As a Food Science Graduate you are limited by only your imagination and your ability to take a proactive step in building your career.

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  6. cynthia says:

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  7. Omotola says:

    My God is good to me. I have made the greatest choice in studying Food Science and Technology. it earn me an employment in the hospital.

  8. teemah says:


  9. agoziem says:

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  10. abidemi says:

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  11. Nazaekpere says:

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  12. Joy says:

    I’m in love with this course but my challenge is that I have to write math in JAMB

    • stephanie says:

      Joy u dnt nid 2 wrt math. U can writ physic.. Dats wat i wrote.. Physic. Chem bio n eng. Luckily for me n by God grace I got d course.

      • Genesis says:

        Am proud to be a food genius.
        I have this confident in me that as soon I reaches my 400l,the world will hear about my new innovation from the same food.

  13. Joy says:

    Also, I want to ask if I can combine my waec and neco for that course without having Agric science in both results…

  14. swanky says:

    so happy dat i made the right choice still studing

  15. Tosaino says:

    that is my course of study, foodscience and technology enables us to know how to process,packaging and preservation of different s a nice proud to be one of d family …we are enriched family !No food, no life….

  16. jetkid says:


  17. Esthy josh says:

    Greatest NAFST Student, am proud to be a food scientist.

  18. Adewoye says:

    Waoh! Wot a great course i choose so i can work as a nafdac officer

  19. Wel its gud bt still nt my kind of course

  20. princess says:

    Greatest NAFSTS… Engineering food for humanity

  21. God bless the soul that post this write up. I waz given the course and I wanted to change the course, but after reading this post…………. My sticking with this course and make the best out of it. Thanks to you Poster! God bless you real Good

  22. Mayuku philomina says:

    tnx God am a food technologist.

  23. Pat says:

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  24. bright lawretta says:

    i had that the course is interesting and also job opportunites

  25. FOLARIN FUNMI says:

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  26. Precious Simeon says:

    This is great, am so proud to be a Food Scientist

  27. patos says:

    Proud to be a food technologist. We make food our medicine. If u are in this field of study, I assure u that you are in the right place.

  28. Onoja Calista says:

    May God lead us to a greater height.

  29. Joseph says:

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  30. Joseph says:

    Am proud to be a food technologist.

  31. Linda says:

    Wow! With this write up,I think I made the right choice,wanted to do change of course but am happy now(thank you sir and God bless)

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  33. Temilade says:

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  34. Agbata Emma says:

    i wish i could be one…… scientiest

    • Opeyemi says:

      Tank u very much. This write up has really helped.m very happy. M definitely going to choose food science and technology

  35. Loveth says:

    I love dis course so much but have been i different ways by my sisters nd they said that if you done have money u can`t study it.

  36. jameslow says:

    I am happy to be a graduate of food science and technology since I read this course my life have never remain the same

  37. fa4ryt says:

    I don’t know how I will feel if don’t read this great course……………thank Go am a food technologist?

  38. kofoworola says:

    foodscience n technology makes u know you are dealing with lifes of peoplr n the course is really great cos it surprise people who call us cooks wen u explain about the course to them they just say really n end with wow…I like my course it’s sweet n cool..the prayer is for good jobs to come..

  39. ola oluwaseun says:

    Thnks alot… Proudly NAFSTSITE

  40. dr.jerry says:

    what a nice career am in to.
    ……proudly a food scientist

  41. Don says:

    been ignorant of this great course, I wrote eng.math.ecoms and agric, I choose agric business as a college. nt been specific of my course,can I still make it to dis course?

  42. Rukky says:

    Im greateful to God for choosing FST as a course of study and HE made it possible for me to be a graduate of d same course.

  43. Okelo Benedict says:

    I take d pleasure time to thank God for allowing me pasue degree FST.I want believe that oneday i will get job and do best i could…

  44. fidawonderz says:

    sooooooooo much proud if this course.
    up d way feel so blessed by it also

  45. onwuka chinedu says:

    great write up, i studied food science and tech, just thru wif my NYSC, hoping 2 find a place 2 practice my profession prior 2 establishing ma self

    • Victor says:

      I really love this course, I wanna go for it
      But I wrote English physics chemistry and biology in jamb I didn’t write agriculture….. Whts my chance of getting admitted with it in UNIZIK

  46. moses yakubu says:

    that wt am stdng in unimaid f.s.t

  47. Essien uduak says:

    Thank u God, i had wanted 2 Change this course but thank GOD its great. Happy family

  48. Dennis says:

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  50. Debby says:

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    No food no life

  51. Ayobola says:

    Thank God I am about starting this beautiful course.

  52. Epiphanus says:

    Wow so great for choosing FST

  53. jacob itunuoluwa says:

    I didn’t make biology in the UTME can Istill study the course???n wat oda uuniversity offers the course apart from UI?

  54. Ify says:

    Unizik,Futo,Uniport,RSUST….proudly food scientist!!!

  55. glory says:

    what a nice course!

  56. Gloria says:

    Wow!! Really Flabbergasted. Does Unijos Offer This Course?

  57. Elkanah thomas says:

    Wow!! Even though people under narrate d course, hmmm but am jus proud of it, #AM PROUD BEEN A FOOD SCIENTIST#..GRET #NIFS#

  58. Eberechi says:

    Tnx 4 dis great course info.i wrote Eng.maths is the combination?

  59. Sarah says:

    Hmmm I am beginning to love this course. But I’m contemplating which one would be better off between Food science & technology and Nursing. In terms of salary, job opportunity, self employing, satisfying and any other aspect.

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