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Food Industry

What job could you do?

When you think about careers with food you probably think Baker, Butcher, Chef, Cook, Restaurant Manager, bartender, barista, wait staff etc. You’re not wrong. But there are so many other options to consider.

  • Craft Brewer
  • Food Technologist
  • Food blogger
  • Dietician
  • Farmers Market Manager
  • Providore
  • Caterer
  • Food Photographer
  • Sommelier
  • Environmental Health Officer

These are just the tip of the iceberg.

Whether you love food or just want a career that offers plenty of choice in skills, jobs, openings and opportunities, then you should probably investigate the options available within the food industry.

Whatever your strengths and passions are there seems to be a way to incorporate them into this ever growing industry.

Skills are often transferrable within the food industry too. There’s no need to worry you’ll get stuck in one job, you could try several over the course of your career.

Duties could include:

  • Manufacturing and Packaging foodstuffs
  • Quality Control
  • Food preparation
  • Food service
  • Educating people about healthy eating and safe food storage
  • Logistics
  • Inventory
  • Accounts
  • Management

Examples of Skills required:

  • STEM
  • Research
  • Creativity
  • Design
  • Communication
  • Leadership
  • Customer Service
  • Food safety and hygiene
  • Problem solving
  • Attention to detail


In-house training from other staff or business owners. Start from the bottom and work your way up. For example you could start off as a dishwasher, move up to sous chef and then train as a chef.

Apprenticeships and traineeships.

TAFE, VET and University qualifications.

Average salaries

Wait staff earn on average $804 per week.

Chefs earn an average of $1,050 per week.

Nutrition professionals earn $1,109 per week on average.

Food and Wine Scientists earn an average of $1,669 per week.

Job growth in the food industry is very strong and there are always new jobs and opportunities being created (source:

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