Food Science & Technology

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Total Degrees​
Awarded in 2017
2,323
declining 2.35%
Median In-State​
Public Tuition
$8,460
growing 1.74%
Median Out-of-State​
Private Tuition
$35,435
declining 1.43%
Average Wage
$70,998
declining 2.98%
People in Workforce
531,117
growing 3.71%
Average Employee Age
43.8
growing 0.00974%

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The locations with the highest concentration of Food Science & Technology degree recipients are Gainesville, FL, University of California-Davis, CA, and Champaign, IL. The locations with a relatively high number of Food Science & Technology degree recipients are New Britain, PA, Orono, ME, and Rosemount, MN. The most common degree awarded to students studying Food Science & Technology is a bachelors degree.

Institutions

Information about the types of higher education institutions that grant degrees in Food Science & Technology and the types of students that study this field. University of Florida awards the most degrees in Food Science & Technology in the US, but South College and University of Puerto Rico-Utuado have the highest percentage of degrees awarded in Food Science & Technology.

Tuition costs for Food Science & Technology majors are, on average, $8,460 for in-state public colleges, and $35,435 for out of state private colleges.

The most common sector, by number of institutions, that offers Food Science & Technology programs are Public, 4-year or above institutions (55 total). The most common sector, by number of degrees awarded, is Public, 4-year or above (2,057 completions).

Institutions

Institution with the Most Degrees Awarded in Food Science & Technology

The most common sector, by number of degrees awarded in Food Science & Technology, is Public, 4-year or above (2,057 completions).

The following chart shows the share of universities that offer Food Science & Technology programs, by the total number of completions, colored and grouped by their sector.

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Tuition Costs for Common Institutions

$8,460
Median In-State Public
$35,435
Median Out of State Private

University of Florida has the most Food Science & Technology degree recipients, with 150 degrees awarded in 2017.

The following bar chart shows the state tuition for the top 5 institutions with the most degrees awarded in Food Science & Technology.

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Specialized Colleges

Highest Concentration Institution
  1. 4.01%
  2. 2.91%
  3. 2.7%

Out of all institutions that offer Food Science & Technology programs and have at least 5 graduates in those programs, South College and University of Puerto Rico-Utuado have the highest percentage of degrees awarded in Food Science & Technology, with 4.01% and 2.91%, respectively.

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Degrees Awarded by County

Counties with the Most Degrees Awarded in Food Science & Technology

This map shows the counties in the United States colored by the highest number of degrees awarded in Food Science & Technology by year.

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Growth in Awarded Degrees

Counties with the Fastest Growing Number of Degrees Awarded

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Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Agriculture graduates and on wages and locations for those in the field.

The average salary for Agriculture majors is $70,998 and the most common occupations are Farmers, ranchers, & other agricultural managers, Other managers, and Veterinarians.

The industry that employs the most Agriculture majors is Farming, though the highest paying industry, by average wage, is Offices of dentists.

Wages

Yearly Income for Common Jobs

The closest comparable data for the 4 Digit Course Food Science & Technology is from the 2 Digit Course Agriculture.
$70,998
Average Wage in Workforce
± $2,305
2.98%
1 Year Growth
± 4.83%

The average salary for Agriculture majors is $70,998 and the most common occupations are Farmers, ranchers, & other agricultural managers, Other managers, and Veterinarians.

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Highest Paying Locations

The closest comparable data for the 4 Digit Course Food Science & Technology is from the 2 Digit Course Agriculture.

This map shows the public use micro areas (PUMAs) in the United States colored by the average salary of Agriculture majors.

Note that the census collects information tied to where people live, not where they work. It is possible that Agriculture majors live and work in the same place, but it is also possible that they live and work in two different places.

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Occupations

Most Common

The closest comparable data for the 4 Digit Course Food Science & Technology is from the 2 Digit Course Agriculture.

The most common occupations Agriculture majors, by number of employees, are Farmers, ranchers, & other agricultural managers, Other managers, and Veterinarians.

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Most Specialized

The closest comparable data for the 4 Digit Course Food Science & Technology is from the 2 Digit Course Agriculture.

Compared to other majors, there are an unusually high number of Agriculture majors working as Agricultural & food scientists, Veterinarians, and Conservation scientists & foresters.

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Highest Paid

The closest comparable data for the 4 Digit Course Food Science & Technology is from the 2 Digit Course Agriculture.

The highest paid occupations by median income for Agriculture majors are Dentists, Physicians, and Economists.

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Occupations by Share

The closest comparable data for the 4 Digit Course Food Science & Technology is from the 2 Digit Course Agriculture.
531,117
2018 Workforce
± 17,861
3.71%
1 Year Growth
± 4.63%

The number of Agriculture graduates in the workforce has been growing at a rate of 3.71%, from 512,133 in 2017 to 531,117 in 2018.

The largest single share of Agriculture graduates go on to work as Farmers, ranchers, & other agricultural managers (4.8%). This chart shows the various jobs filled by those with a major in Agriculture by share of the total number of graduates.

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Industries

Most Common

The closest comparable data for the 4 Digit Course Food Science & Technology is from the 2 Digit Course Agriculture.

The most common industries that employ Agriculture majors, by number of employees, are Farming, Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges, and Elementary & secondary schools.

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Highest Paid

The closest comparable data for the 4 Digit Course Food Science & Technology is from the 2 Digit Course Agriculture.

The highest paying industries of Agriculture majors, by average wage, are Offices of dentists, Air transportation, and Aircraft & parts manufacturing.

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Industries by Share

The closest comparable data for the 4 Digit Course Food Science & Technology is from the 2 Digit Course Agriculture.
531,117
2018 Workforce
± 17,861
3.71%
1 Year Growth
± 4.63%

The number of Agriculture graduates in the workforce has been growing at a rate of 3.71%, from 512,133 in 2017 to 531,117 in 2018.

The industry which employs the most Agriculture graduates by share is Farming, followed by Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges. This visualization shows the industries that hire those who major in Agriculture.

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Specialty Locations

The closest comparable data for the 4 Digit Course Food Science & Technology is from the 2 Digit Course Agriculture.

This map shows the public use micro areas (PUMAs) in the United States where there are a relatively high population of Agriculture majors.

Note that the census collects information tied to where people live, not where they work. It is possible that Agriculture majors live and work in the same place, but it is also possible that they live and work in two different places.

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Diversity

Demographic information on those who earn a degree in Agriculture in the US. The average age of a person in the workforce with a degree in Agriculture is 43.8, and the most common degree type these workers hold is a Bachelors Degree. Female employees are more likely to hold Agriculture degrees, and White students earn the majority (1,230) of the degrees.

Workforce Age

The closest comparable data for the 4 Digit Course Food Science & Technology is from the 2 Digit Course Agriculture.
43.8
Average Age in 2018
± 0.478 Years
0.00974%
1 Year Change
± 1.53%

This chart shows distribution of ages for employees with a degree in Agriculture. The most common ages of employees with this major are 24 and 26 years old, which represent 3.44% and 3.07% of the population, respectively.

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Degrees Awarded

The most common degree types awarded to students graduating in Food Science & Technology are Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, and Research Doctorate.

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Workforce Degrees

The closest comparable data for the 4 Digit Course Food Science & Technology is from the 2 Digit Course Agriculture.

The most common degree types held by the working population in Agriculture are Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, and Professional degree.

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Gender Imbalance for Common Institutions

Female (66%)
Most Common Gender with a Degree in this Field

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Race & Ethnicity by Degrees Awarded

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    1,230 degrees awarded
  2. Non-resident Alien
    428 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    219 degrees awarded

This chart shows the number of degrees awarded in Food Science & Technology for each race & ethnicity. White students earned the largest share of the degrees with this major.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Race/Ethnicity and Gender Combination
  1. White Female
    615 degree-grads_ethnicity_genders awarded
  2. White Male
    267 degree-grads_ethnicity_genders awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino Female
    109 degree-grads_ethnicity_genders awarded

This chart illustrates the differences by gender for each race & ethnicity of Bachelors Degree recipients in Food Science & Technology. White Female students, who earn most of the degree-grads_ethnicity_genders in this field, are the most common combination of race/ethnicity and gender.

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Global Diversity

The closest comparable data for the 4 Digit Course Food Science & Technology is from the 2 Digit Course Agriculture.
Most Common Countries of Origin
  1. China
    7,003 degree recipients
  2. Mexico
    5,407 degree recipients
  3. India
    4,429 degree recipients
High Relative Number of Students
  1. Egypt
    4.55 times more than expected
  2. Albania
    4.37 times more than expected
  3. Taiwan
    3.95 times more than expected

There are a relatively high number of people that were born in Egypt that hold Agriculture degrees (4.55 times more than expected), and the most common country of origin by total numbers for non-US students earning a degree in this field is China (7,003 degree recipients).

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for those working in the Food Science & Technology field from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Food Science & Technology majors need many skills, but most especially Instructing. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Food Science & Technology majors need more than the average amount of Operation and Control, Troubleshooting, and Science.

These two visualizations, one a radial chart and one a bar chart, show the same information, a rating of how necessary the following skills are for Food Science & Technology majors. Toggle between "value" and "RCA" to see the absolute rating of that skill (value) and the revealed comparative advantage (RCA), or how much greater or lesser that skill's rating is than the average. The longer the bar or the closer the line comes to the circumference of the circle, the more important that skill is. The importance of Operation and Control is very distinctive for majors, but the Instructing, Speaking, and Reading Comprehension are the three most important skills for people in the field.

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