Food companies like to market themselves as organic this and all natural that. But most of the time, it’s not the growers of the food who play the most vital role — it’s the scientists behind the food.
Yup, that’s right. Food scientists. And while this sounds like a delicious gig wherein you get to taste test all day long, that’s far from the truth. Food scientists develop and maintain our food supply. They are skilled in areas such as chemistry, nutrition, and biology and use that knowledge to develop packaging, preserving, processing, and distributing many of the foods we consume on a daily basis.
JOB TITLE: Genetics Counselor
ANNUAL MEDIAN SALARY: $67,019
In a perfect world, you won’t ever run into a genetics counselor or have to know what they do. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case.
Genetics counselors examine a patient’s individual and family history to be on the lookout for a variety of inherited conditions, such as genetic disorders and birth defects. They assist in providing information and advice to healthcare providers, or to people and families concerned with the risk of inherited conditions. Many expectant parents have to go through genetics counseling if they have family or personal histories of diseases like multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, and cystic fibrosis (to name a few), so they can know the risks inherent in passing those conditions on to future generations.
A master’s degree will generally be required for this job, along with state certification and potential licensure.
1. Industrial Hygienist
JOB TITLE: Industrial Hygienist
ANNUAL MEDIAN SALARY: $79,536
If I mentioned dental hygienist you’d likely recognize that job from your time at the dentist’s office. But industrial hygienist? Probably not so much.
Yup, that’s right. It exists. Industrial hygienists develop, implement, and maintain health programs at industrial plants to recognize, eliminate, and control occupational health hazards. That often includes collecting dust, gas, and vapor samples for analysis, or investigating ventilation systems, exhaust equipment, lighting, etc that may impact the health of employees. Basically, industrial hygienists are right in the thick of things, acting as the first and most important line of defense for employees regarding the environmental health of their workplace.
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