Discover your career in food and drink

With a range of entry routes into food and drink, there's something for everyone!

10 reasons you should consider a career in food and drink

Careers in food and drink cover a whole range of areas, including food science, product development, marketing and communications, nutrition and wellbeing, HR, packaging, research and design – with a particular demand for engineers. The options are endless!

  1. There are lots of routes into food and drink – GCSE's, A-levels, apprenticeships, university degrees, diplomas and more.
  2. Food and drink offers excellent and exciting career prospects. We'll always need food, so there will always be jobs!
  3. There is lots of room for new talent – approximately 87,000 graduate engineering jobs are available every year.
  4. You'll develop a range of specialist skills such as problem solving, creativity, logical thinking, an analytical approach, good communication and teamwork.
  5. No two days are the same! A job in the sector is varied, so you'll constantly be kept on your toes.
  6. The skills you'll gain in food and drink are transferable across all industries, making you a desirable employee.
  7. The food and drink industry is fast-paced. What you make today will be on the supermarket shelves tomorrow!
  8. Food and drink offers good pay and good prospects. The average starting salary for graduate engineers is £27,000.
  9. Food and drink companies strive for equal gender representation in the industry. As it stands, 65% of people working in the sector are men and 35% are women.
  10. Food and drink employees are happy! This is why so many employees stay working in the industry throughout their careers.

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Last reviewed: 17 Mar 2016