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Food Processing Engineer

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Develops and engineers equipment and processes used for food product manufacturing. Designs equipment and systems for handling or packaging food products. May work with research scientists to develop and produce new food products.

Job Outlook

There were 13 Food Processing Engineer job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 628 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the Chemical / Process Engineer industry, which includes the Food Processing Engineer career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2012:

Salary

Many new Food Processing Engineer jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.

National

The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $82,370.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $85,291.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Food Processing Engineer postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $76,736.

Education and Experience

Posted Food Processing Engineer jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.

Education LevelPercentage
Associate's Degree0%
Bachelor's Degree83%
Master's Degree16%
Doctoral Degree0%
Other1%

Posted Food Processing Engineer jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Years of ExperiencePercentage
0 to 2 years24%
3 to 5 years60%
6 to 8 years10%
9+ years7%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Food Processing Engineer positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.

Baseline Skills

A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.

  • Communication Skills (47%)
  • Problem Solving (43%)
  • Troubleshooting (31%)
  • Teamwork / Collaboration (27%)
  • Microsoft Office (23%)

Defining Skills

A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.

  • Process Engineering (84%)
  • Project Management (41%)
  • Food Safety (41%)
  • Chemical Engineering (30%)
  • Commissioning (26%)

Necessary Skills

A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.

  • Process Improvement (19%)
  • Six Sigma (18%)
  • Technical Support (17%)
  • AutoCAD (16%)
  • Calculation (15%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Design of experiments (DOE) (6%)
  • New Product Development (6%)
  • Sanitary Design and Controls (5%)
  • Total productive maintenance (5%)
  • Equipment Design (5%)

Salary Boosting Skills

A professional who wishes to excel in this career path may consider developing the following highly valued skills. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is listed along with the marginal value: the average salary difference between postings that request that skill and those that do not.

  • Technology Transfer (2%) – marginal value $1,842
  • Sanitary Design and Controls (5%) – marginal value $1,442
  • Process Design (14%) – marginal value $1,225
  • Beverage Industry knowledge (8%) – marginal value $1,199

Alternative Job Titles

Sometimes employers post jobs with Food Processing Engineer skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:

  • Process Engineer
  • Senior Process Engineer
  • Food Process Engineer
  • Mid-Level Food & Beverage Process Engineer
  • Process Engineer - Food And Beverage

Similar Occupations

If you are interested in exploring occupations with similar skills, you may want to research the following job titles. Note that we only list occupations that have at least one corresponding NC State Online and Distance Education program.

Common Employers

Here are the employers that have posted the most Food Processing Engineer jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • ConAgra Foods (40)
  • The J.M. Smucker Company (26)
  • Abbott Laboratories (18)
  • Adm (16)
  • International Flavors & Fragrances (15)

North Carolina

  • Basf Corporation (2)
  • Optima Machinery Corporation (2)
  • S&D Coffee And Tea (2)
  • Adm (1)
  • Archer Daniels Midland (1)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

If you are interested in preparing for a career in this field, the following NC State Online and Distance Education programs offer a great place to start!