Want to work in the food industry? Your options are a lot more varied than you might expect. Here are 10 food industry jobs that you probably didn’t realize existed.
Try to name 10 food industry jobs, and the majority of them will probably involve either writing or working in a restaurant. But, in reality, the playing field is incredibly vast. Every single food item that you’ll find in a supermarket needs to be invented, developed, and tested; every element of a restaurant needs to be expertly planned; and every food product needs to look great when it’s on television or in an advertisement. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
We’re not going to lie and tell you that the jobs we mention below are a walk in the park. Every profession on earth has its pros and cons, and these are jobs just like any other. But if you’re looking to work with food all day long, these can be a whole lot of fun.
So if you’ve decided that you want to have a career in food, keep in mind that just about every major field of study — be it chemistry, photography, or graphic design — offers a way into the industry. Read on for ten food jobs that sound pretty awesome, if you ask us.
Love cheese? Consider making a career of it. Working in a cheese shop can be a great way to get a foot in the door. Work hard enough and you could become an American Cheese Society–Certified Cheese Professional — similar to a cheese sommelier. From there you’ll be a hot commodity for high-end restaurants and cheese shops, and can even advise cheesemakers in best practices.
Culinary Tour Guide
Food tourism is a hot ticket these days, and culinary tours are a booming cottage industry. The most important part of the tour is the tour guide. If you’re passionate about the food and restaurants in your city and consider yourself a people person, it might be time to start your own culinary tour. Or you can become a culinary travel specialist for a company like Epitourean.