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Career Area: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
Associate Degree
Program Number: 10-506-6
Approximately 2 Years to Complete
This is based on full-time enrollment. Actual time to completion may vary based on the availability of courses a college offers and the number of credits the student takes in any given time period.
Credit Program
Most credit programs are eligible for financial aid, while most non-credit certificates provide valuable work-related skills on a short timeline. Check with the college offering the program to determine if it is eligible for financial aid.
Average Annual Tuition: $4386
This is based on one year of full-time enrollment for in-state students. WTCS tuition is set by the Wisconsin Technical College System Board in March for the following year. It does not include books, materials or program/college-related fees.
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Laboratory Food Science Technician Careers

Recent Wisconsin job postings for this degree:

Lab Technician
Food/Beverage Manufacturing Lab Tech
Food Safety & Quality Auditor (Technician)
Process Control Technician
QC Lab Tech
Quality Assurance Tech
Food/Beverage Safety Coordinator
Food Beverage Safety Specialist
Food Laboratory Technician
Food Lab Associate
Food Safety Technician

Average Median Wage


Laboratory Food Science Technician Programs

Making sure the food we eat is safe is just one of the tasks of a laboratory food science technician. Depending on the area of the food lab you may work, you have the opportunity to conduct tests on foods, evaluate the results, and establish the nutritional content; you could measure the amount of preservatives and other additives to ensure people know what’s going on with the food they eat, or you could work in research and experiment with different food storage methods. You could also work in development where your focus would be on making and improving existing food products. It’s a smorgasbord of opportunities and if you are intrigued by the study of food and food processes then you should consider a career in food science.

The Laboratory Food Science Technician program is an associate degree program that builds upon the lab skills taught in the one year, Laboratory Technical Assistant program with additional computer skills, hands on microbiology training, quality control standards, food product tests and an in-depth study of the regulations and regulatory agencies governing food production. The program is offered at the Monroe campus, with classes running during the day, evenings and on Saturdays, making this program ideal for you if you are working full-time. In addition, this program will prepare you for certification in SERVSAFE, Hazard Analysis, Critical Control Points (HACCP) and Six Sigma Green Belt.  The non-lab instructional content is delivered online. Semesters begin in August, January and June and most students complete the program in three years.

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