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$38,000

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Food Production Student Adding a Bag of Ingredients to a Giant Brew Kettle

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Agricultural Inspectors

Inspect agricultural commodities, processing equipment, and facilities, and fish and logging operations, to ensure compliance with regulations and laws governing health, quality, and safety.
Agribusiness: Enology/Viticulture
AA Degree
Agribusiness: Viticulture
Certificate of Achievement
Agribusiness: Viticulture
AS Degree
Agricultural And Industrial Technology: Industrial Technician
Certificate of Achievement
Agricultural Business
AS-T Degree

Butchers and Meat Cutters

Cut, trim, or prepare consumer-sized portions of meat for use or sale in retail establishments.
Advanced Culinary Arts
Certificate of Achievement
Advanced Culinary Arts
AS Degree
Basic Culinary Arts
Certificate of Achievement
Basic Culinary Arts
AS Degree
Beginning Culinary Arts
AS Degree

Chemical Technicians

Conduct chemical and physical laboratory tests to assist scientists in making qualitative and quantitative analyses of solids, liquids, and gaseous materials for research and development of new products or processes, quality control, maintenance of environmental standards, and other work involving experimental, theoretical, or practical application of chemistry and related sciences.
Analytical Chemistry
Certificate of Achievement
Analytical Chemistry
AS Degree
Biological And Physical Science
AA Degree
Biological And Physical Science
AS Degree
Chemical Technology
Certificate of Achievement

Food Batchmakers

Set up and operate equipment that mixes or blends ingredients used in the manufacturing of food products. Includes candy makers and cheese makers.
Advanced Manufacturing
Certificate of Achievement
Advanced Manufacturing
AS Degree
CADD Technology: Manufacturing Industry
AS Degree
CADD Technology: Manufacturing Industry
Certificate of Achievement
Computer Aided Manufacturing
AS Degree

Food Cooking Machine Operators and Tenders

Operate or tend cooking equipment, such as steam cooking vats, deep fry cookers, pressure cookers, kettles, and boilers, to prepare food products.
Advanced Manufacturing
Certificate of Achievement
Advanced Manufacturing
AS Degree
CADD Technology: Manufacturing Industry
AS Degree
CADD Technology: Manufacturing Industry
Certificate of Achievement
Computer Aided Manufacturing
AS Degree

Food Science Technicians

Perform standardized qualitative and quantitative tests to determine physical or chemical properties of food or beverage products.
Agriculture: Food Safety
Certificate of Achievement
BUS Info Processing: Microcomputers/Office Assistant
AA Degree
BUS Info Processing: Microcomputers/Office Assistant
Certificate of Achievement
Biological Sciences: Biotechnology
Certificate of Achievement
Biological Sciences: Biotechnology
AS Degree

Food Scientists and Technologists

Use chemistry, microbiology, engineering, and other sciences to study the principles underlying the processing and deterioration of foods; analyze food content to determine levels of vitamins, fat, sugar, and protein; discover new food sources; research ways to make processed foods safe, palatable, and healthful; and apply food science knowledge to determine best ways to process, package, preserve, store, and distribute food.
Agriculture And Industrial Technology: Production
AS Degree
Agriculture And Industrial Technology: Production
Certificate of Achievement
Agriculture: Food Safety
Certificate of Achievement
Agriculture: Nursery Production
Certificate of Achievement
Agriculture: Production
AA Degree

Food and Tobacco Roasting, Baking, and Drying Machine Operators and Tenders

Operate or tend food or tobacco roasting, baking, or drying equipment, including hearth ovens, kiln driers, roasters, char kilns, and vacuum drying equipment.
Advanced Manufacturing
Certificate of Achievement
Advanced Manufacturing
AS Degree
CADD Technology: Manufacturing Industry
AS Degree
CADD Technology: Manufacturing Industry
Certificate of Achievement
Computer Aided Manufacturing
AS Degree

Graders and Sorters, Agricultural Products

Grade, sort, or classify unprocessed food and other agricultural products by size, weight, color, or condition.
Agricultural And Industrial Technology: Industrial Technician
Certificate of Achievement
Agricultural Science
AS Degree
Agricultural Science
Certificate of Achievement
Agriculture
AS Degree
Agriculture
Certificate of Achievement

Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers

Use hand or hand tools to perform routine cutting and trimming of meat, poultry, and seafood.
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