Careers in food science and technology require significant formal education. Food scientists and food technologists conduct tests and experiments to try to optimize food production. They typically hold at least a bachelor's degree. Many universities offer both undergraduate and advanced degree programs.
Additionally, some schools give students opportunities to work alongside researchers employed by the university in school-owned dairies, ranches or feedlots. The foods produced are then made available to the community, serving both the immediate school population and the surrounding public. The IFT has a list of approved undergraduate and graduate programs online and offers the Feeding Tomorrow scholarship to qualified students.