Food Scientist Statistics in the US

The average employee age for food scientists is 39 years. The food scientist workforce reached a whopping 8,601 in 2020!

Among food scientists, we discovered that 58.4% of them are women, while 34.8% are men. The most common race/ethnicity among food scientists is White, which makes up 78.4% of all food scientists. Comparatively, there are 8.6% of the Asian ethnicity and 7.6% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity. The majority of food scientists are located in OH, Columbus and IL, Chicago.

Food scientists are more likely to work at private companies in comparison to public companies. Taking it a step further, food scientists are more likely to find a job in the manufacturing industry. Looking at food scientist statistics, we found was that Massachusetts, Vermont, New Mexico, Arkansas and Rhode Island are where food scientists find the highest salaries.

From where do we know all information about food scientist demographics? We analyzed 460 food scientists resumes to find out what the average demographics are for the job position. Just to be clear, by demographics we mean the study of population-based factors like age, race, and sex. On top of scouring through resumes, we also took note of job proposals from employers and Census Bureau data. And guess what? We found some pretty interesting information.

Food Scientist Diversity

From race to gender and even age, we found the average demographic information on those who work as food scientists. Keep reading to find out what the results for food scientists were.

Food Scientist Gender Ratio

Among food scientists, 58.4% of them are women compared to 34.8% which are men.

Job Title
  • Female, 58.4%
  • Male, 34.8%
  • Unknown, 6.8%

Food Scientist Ethnic Breakdown

The most common ethnicity among food scientists is White, which makes up 78.4% of all food scientists. Comparatively, there are 8.6% of the Asian ethnicity and 7.6% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity.

Job Title
  • White, 78.4%
  • Asian, 8.6%
  • Hispanic or Latino, 7.6%
  • Black or African American, 2.4%
  • Unknown, 2.3%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.7%

Foreign Languages Spoken By Food Scientists

The chart below shows that 50.0% of food scientists speak Spanish. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is Chinese at 10.0% and French is the third-most popular at 10.0%.

Job Title
  • Spanish, 50.0%
  • Chinese, 10.0%
  • French, 10.0%
  • Indonesian, 3.3%
  • Turkish, 3.3%
  • Other, 23.4%

Food Scientist Race And Ethnicity Over Time

Using the Census Bureau data, we found out how the percentage of each ethnic category trended between 2008-2018 among food scientists.

  • White
  • Asian
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • Black or African American

Food Scientist Gender Over Time

This data shows how men and women predominate in the food scientist position over time.

Male
Female
63%
60%
57%
53%
50%
47%
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018

Food Scientist Unemployment Rate Over Time

The Bureau of Labor Statistics came in clutch when it came down to figuring out how the unemployment rate has changed over time. Between 2008 and 2018, this is how the number of food scientists changed.

  • Unemployment rate

Number Of Years On The Job For Food Scientist

By looking over 460 food scientists resumes, we figured out that the average food scientist enjoys staying at their job for 1-2 years for a percentage of 40%.

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Less than one year

1-2 years

3-4 years

5-7 years

8-10 years

11+ years

Food Scientist Age Breakdown

This chart breaks down the ages of food scientist employees. Interestingly enough, the average age of food scientists is 40+ years old, which represents 44% of the population.

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20-30 years

30-40 years

40+ years

Comparing The Gender Ratio of Food Scientists with Other Job Titles

We compared this job title with other job titles to see how gender percentages varied. As you can see, field agronomist and procurement forester have the biggest difference in gender.

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Job Titleascdesc
Maleasc
Femaleascdesc
Animal Behaviorist22%78%
Public Health Microbiologist25%70%
Collector Of Aquarium Specimens25%70%
Food Scientist35%58%
Forestry Consultant86%7%
Procurement Forester87%8%
Field Agronomist87%6%
Male
Female
100%
75%
50%
25%
0%
Field Agronomist
Procurement Forester
Forestry Consultant
Food Scientist
Collector Of Aquarium Specimens
Public Health Microbiologist
Animal Behaviorist
0%
25%
50%
75%
100%

Comparing The LGBT Ratio of Food Scientists with Other Job Titles

After finding the gender ratio, we wondered if the percentages of LGBT persons were different as well. Using the data below, you can see how other job titles compare to food scientists.

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Job Titleascdesc
LGBTasc
Food Scientist0.00%
Chemist7.15%
Cell Technician11.26%
Meteorologist15.19%
Forest Service Wildlife Program Leader18.62%
Archaeologist31.58%
School Psychologist34.48%

How Much Do Women Make Compared To Man As Food Scientist?

male-income
Male Income
$55,291
female-income
Female Income
$53,534

Food Scientist Income By Gender And Race/Ethnicity

We found interesting that Asian men and White men make more money compared to others.

  • Male
  • Female
$58,330
$57,086
$55,842
$54,598
$53,354
$52,110
$50,866
Asian
Black or African American
Hispanic or Latino
White

Food Scientist Income By Race/Ethnicity And Education

This chart shows the impact that education has on the income level of different ethnicities.

All Race and Ethnicity
Educationascdesc
Incomeasc
Bachelor's Degree$57,086
Master's Degree$63,416
Doctorate Degree$69,943

Food Scientist Income By Race/Ethnicity And Education

This chart shows the impact that education has on the income level of different ethnicities.

  • Asian
  • Black or African American
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • White
$73,974
$69,943
$65,913
$61,882
$57,851
$53,820
$49,789
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate Degree

Food Scientist Heatmaps

Where Do Food Scientists Earn The Most?

The map here shows where food scientists earn the highest salaries in the U.S. The darker areas across the 50 states highlight the highest salaries.

Average Salary

Where Are Food Scientists Located?

By looking through more than 460 resumes, we found that the most popular places for food scientists are OH, Columbus and IL, Chicago.

Number of Food Scientists

Food Scientist Employment Statistics

This section highlights the information we gathered about the types of businesses and industries that employ food scientists. We found that the most common company type is private. In addition, the industry that employs the most food scientists is the manufacturing industry.

Company Size

We created this chart to show you the average size of companies that typically hire food scientists.

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< 50 employees

50 - 100 employees

100 - 500 employees

500 - 1,000 employees

1,000 - 10,000 employees

> 10,000

The Types Of Companies Food Scientist Work In

Employees with the food scientist job title have their preferences when it comes to working for a company. For instance, most food scientists prefer to work at private companies over public companies.

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Public

Private

Education

Industry Concentration

Just based on the number of employees within each industry, we were able to determine the most common industries that employ food scientists. Those industries include manufacturing, retail and hospitality.

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Manufacturing

Retail

Fortune 500

Hospitality

Health Care

Food Scientist Jobs