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7 Yummy Careers That Revolve Around Food

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It’s that time of year again: the stretch between Thanksgiving and New Year’s when the whole world revolves around scrumptious meals, tantalizing treats and sparkling cocktails.

Last November, we ran “Eat, Pray, Find a Job” featuring a delectable selection of our favorite food-based jobs—from dietitian to flavor chemist. The Brazen community had so many good ideas to add, we’ve put together a second edition. To turn your passion for edible goods into a successful job, read on for some delicious inspiration:

1. Analyze Food as a Food Scientist

Food scientists develop innovative ways to create safe, durable and tasty food. Instead of a kitchen, you’re usually found in a lab or a processing plant, improving packaging methods, experimenting with new preservative techniques or studying food-related illness. In short, you make the world a more healthy, nutritious and flavorful place to live.

Average Salary: $34,000 – $106,000

2. Celebrate Food as a Corporate Caterer

Company Christmas parties. Holiday conventions. End-of-year galas. If a large group is gathered, you amplify the seasonal spirit with appetizing noshies and decadent meals. Between coordinating servers, dreaming up creative menus and ensuring everything is piping hot, you get to sample your wares—just to be sure you’re providing the best possible eating experience.

Average Salary: $23,000 – $71,000

3. Balance Food as a Nutritionist

While nutritionists are often associated with restriction and the dreaded “D” word (diet), a lot of your work is about sharing new flavors and ways of enjoying food. Using your nutritional expertise, you help clients create healthy menus full of delicious and oh-so-good-for-you ingredients.

Average Salary: $33,000 – $75,000

4. Glorify Food as a Food Photographer

Food photographers know how to capture the luscious red of a ripe strawberry, the mouth-watering steam rising off a sizzling steak and the creamy radiance of a spoonful of gelato. From blog images to glossy magazine shoots, you’re in the business of making breakfast, lunch and dinner shine.

Average Salary: $17,000 – $63,000

5. Market Food as a Culinary Strategy Consultant

Standing at the corner of culinary arts and business marketing, you steer chefs, restaurants and food companies in the right direction. Working on projects ranging from recipe development, food trend tracking and product rebranding, your fresh advice helps get food into the hands of hungry consumers.

Average Salary: $17,000 – $63,000

6. Study Food as a Food Anthropologist

Food anthropologists explore how making, eating and thinking about food shapes cultures across history. This wide-ranging field can take you into any number of sub-specialties, as you research the intersection of food, religion, economy, art, migration, agriculture and more. Basically, this is a dream job for intellectually-inclined foodies.

Average Salary: $31,000 – $89,000

7. Invent Food as a Research & Development Chef

Want to get paid to experiment in the kitchen? R&D chefs mix creativity and culinary science to whip up new dishes for restaurants and food companies. And this job comes with sweet perks: while you’ll log a lot of hours in the kitchen, many R&D chefs also take time to travel the world in search of tasty inspiration.

Average Salary: $34,000 – $106,000

What culinary-inspired career would you add to the list?

Salary data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Annie Favreau works for Inside Jobs, a site that helps people discover careers they’ll love and find the education to make it happen. Join the conversation on Twitter at @InsideJobs!

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=317752194950479 Alison Elissa Coaching

    I enjoyed reading about these examples of different food related jobs. I’d never heard of some of them, like food anthropologist.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=126488327461357 Minim

    This is very interesting. I didn’t realize how much (or little) some of these positions can make! Or even that some of them existed.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=592504583 Ima Pasinringi

    (Y)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=431251 Greg Narayan

    Invent food? Where can I apply for that? :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001252878137 Kamlesh Gusain

    good articles

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2254LVpSgmQ azerty342

    Wonderful! Thank you for this.

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