Career Opportunities

The Places You'll Go

Many alumni have launched their careers in the food and pharmaceutical industries, clinical research, non-profit programs, healthcare fields, and regulatory agencies. Many work as food process innovators, product developers, regulatory agents, or laboratory researchers.

Food Science graduates are often employed by prominent companies such as Kraft, Unilever, and Frito-Lay. Others join regulatory agencies such as the FDA and USDA striving to strengthen food safety standards.

Bioprocessing Science graduates are desired by biotech companies at the forefront of new technologies, such as Biogen, Pfizer, GlaxoSmithKline, and Novozymes. Careers in bioprocessing and biotechnology could lead to important solutions for global issues, such as climate change, food and energy security, and infectious diseases.

Graduates of Nutrition Sciences often earn positions in clinical trials research, the healthcare industry, or non-profit development. Many go on to pursue professional or graduate studies as registered dietitians and physician assistants.

See where you can go with a degree from FBNS.


Current Openings

External job boards that may benefit FBNS students and graduates include:

  • Careers in Food
  • Food Grads Job Board
  • Institute of Food Technologists – Dogwood Section Job Board
  • KeyCorporate Services
  • Nutrition Jobs
  • The American Society for Nutrition.

As we foster relationships with leaders in industry and our alumni, many reach out directly to recruit FBNS talent. The below openings are sent directly from our contacts and updated regularly. Positions will be removed once the posting has closed or after two months of promotion, whichever occurs first.

Research Nutritionist/ Psychologist/ Biologist/Physiologist/ EpidemiologistU.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, Grand Forks Human Nutrition LaboratoryMinimum BS3/29/2023



Degree Qualifications


Nutrition Faculty — Three-year Term Nutrition Department, College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University, Minnesota MS or Ph.D. in Nutrition (or a closely related field) 6/6/2023
Biological Science Laboratory Technician Agricultural Research Service (ARS), USDA, Raleigh, NC Varies (see job listing for more information) 6/6/2023
Food & Health Applications Associate or Senior Associate for Product Processing Novozymes, Franklinton NC BS in Food Science or similar (see job listing for more information) 6/6/2023
Extension Agent, Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) NC State Extension, Elizabethtown, Bladen County BS in FCE/FCS or a related topic (nutrition, etc.) 5/24/2023
Temporary Graduate Research Assistant NC State, Department of Agriculture and Human Sciences 5/16/2023
Research Associate -Nutrition Educator UNC Greensboro BA, MA, MS 5/16/2023
Recruitment Coordinator NC State, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences BS 5/12/2023
Senior Extension Associate University of Kentucky, Department of Dietetics and Human Nutrition MS 5/12/2023
Research Food Technologist/Research Chemist/Research Molecular Biologist USDA Agriculture Research Service, New Orleans, LA Varies, see job description 4/26/2023
WIC Nutritionist (remote) CommWell Health, Newton Grove Varies, see job description 4/24/2023
Novozymes Food & Beverage Senior Research Associate BS or MS in scientific discipline such as Biochemistry, Chemistry, or Food Science 4/20/2023
Director of Nutrition Education and Culinary Arts Boys and Girls Clubs, Raleigh Minimum of two-year degree in nutrition education, culinary arts or related 4/18/2023
DGOC Clinical Dermatology Fellowship/Medical Assistant Dermatology Group of the Carolinas (DGOC) BS 4/7/2023

NC State’s Career Development Center offers ePACK, a system that allows you to search and apply for internships and jobs, schedule appointments with career counselors and on-campus interviews with employers, and find career fairs and related events.

Other resources to help develop your skills and connect with employers include:

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Professional Organizations

Professional organizations aim to advance a profession and support the interests of those working in that profession. They facilitate innovation, communication, and connection.

Popular organizations for FBNS students and alumni include:


Competitions allow students to gain experience, connect their interests to real-world projects, and potentially gain recognition.

Popular annual competitions for FBNS students include: