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Know Your Skills

You’ve already got skills!

While working towards your degree you will develop skills inside and outside the classroom that will attract the attention of employers and help you achieve your future goals. Knowing what your skills are is the first step.

Food Science and Nutrition Skills & Knowledge

Food Skills and knowledge you may gain from your program:

  • Critically assess advances in food science and nutrition by conducting literature or laboratory-based research
  • Clearly explain the rationale, methodology and broader conclusions of a scientific study in written and oral formats to both scientific peers and the general public using appropriate formats
  • Develop, optimize and perform chemical, nutritional, microbiological and sensory tests in order to assess the quality and safety of food
  • Critically assess food-related policies based on scientific knowledge relevant to Canadian and international regulatory and socio-economic frameworks
  • Research and evaluate different approaches to improve food quality, safety and shelf life
  • Clearly describe methods in food production and propose modifications to recipes and formulations to meet specific needs
  • Analyze the function of specific nutrients in maintaining and promoting health
  • Integrate principles of mathematics, natural sciences, social sciences and health sciences to solve interdisciplinary problems

Transferable Skills

Transferable skills are a core set of skills and personal attributes that you can develop almost anywhere! They allow you to be adaptable and to succeed in virtually any work or school environment, as well as in everyday life. As a Carleton student, you are already gaining these valuable skills when you study, work at a Co-op or part-time job, volunteer, complete a practicum, join a club or engage in sports, even when doing group projects.

Here is a list of transferable skills which are highly sought after by employers. It was developed according to reports and research produced by provincial and federal governments, think tanks, and professional associations. Scroll through to learn more about People, Research & Planning, Thinking, and Personal Skills and to identify the skills you are developing!

Visit the Food Science and Nutrition website for more resources 

Future Possibilities in Food Science and Nutrition

There are many paths and possibilities available to you upon graduation. The path that you choose to take with your degree will be influenced by a number of things: your skills, interests and values, the job market, the people you meet and even chance events!  

Here is a sample of the diverse career paths of recent alumni created using data from LinkedIn. You can also check out career paths of Carleton alumni by visiting LinkedIn. Some positions may require additional education, training and experience.   

  • Assistant Flavour Technologist in Food Industry
  • Pharmaceutical Sales Representative in Pharmaceuticals
  • Senior Primary Inspector in Federal Government
  • Food Specialist in Federal Government
  • Quality Control in Food Corporation
  • Quality Control Flavor Technician in Food Industry
  • Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point Coordinator in Food Service
  • Nation Combat Ration Program in Federal Government
  • Process Engineer in Engineering
  • Lab Assistant in Post-Secondary
  • Data Specialist in Health Care Services
  • Research and Development Food Technologist in Food Industry
  • Regulatory and Medical Coordinator in Nutrition
  • Quality Assurance Technician in Food Industry
  • Nutritional Assistant in Private Nutrition Clinic

  • Research and Development
  • Food Inspection
  • Analytics and Data Services
  • Food Production
  • Manufacturing
  • Product Development
  • Project Management
  • Food Technology
  • Sales
  • Marketing
  • Teaching
  • Quality Assurance
  • Risk Management
  • Food Analysis and Testing
  • Lab Technology

  • Research Assistant
  • Pharmaceutical Sales Representative
  • Assistant Flavor Technologist
  • Senior Primary Inspector
  • Food Specialist
  • Quality Control Technologist
  • Quality Inspector
  • Research and Development Food Technologist
  • Quality Control Flavor Technician
  • Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point Coordinator
  • Program Assistant
  • Process Engineer
  • Quality Assurance Laboratory and Vendor Audit Assistant
  • Data Specialist
  • Research Officer
  • Analytical Chemist
  • Research and Development Technologist
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Nutritional Assistant
  • Quality Assurance Technician
  • Food and Nutrition Policy Analysis

Get Involved, Gain Skills

Getting involved in on- and off-campus activities for pay or as a volunteer helps develop skills, build resumes, construct successful graduate and professional school applications, and will help you to succeed in life after graduation. It will also help you to clarify your interests and strengths.

Within Your Program

Many programs have societies and clubs which provide excellent opportunities for you to get to know your peers and discuss topics related to your degree. Your department may also offer opportunities to get involved in conferences, associations, co-op and practicum placements, events, and research. Your professors are also an invaluable resource.

Visit your department’s office or website to discover events and opportunities for current students.

You can also connect with the Science Student Success Centre which helps undergraduate students define and achieve their academic, career, and social goals.

Other Ways to Get Involved

Co-Curricular Record

The Co-Curricular Record (CCR) is an official document of your involvement outside of the classroom.

Search the Co-Curricular Record to find activities that will match your interests and build your employability skills.

Visit the CCR Website 


Step 1 – Connect with Career Services and access numerous resources to:

  • Explore career paths
  • Identify and showcase your skills to increase your employability
  • Strategically look for jobs, volunteer and experiential opportunities

Step 2 – Check out the LinkedIn Students App to:

  • Discover jobs that are a good fit for your degree, see career paths of recent alumni and build your network