Food Industry Management

The Food Industry Management major is an economics-based degree focused on food, hunger, and sustainability — but applicable to any industry and field around the world. 

The major gives students the flexibility to choose courses related to their individual interests in agri-food systems, marketing, food industry sales or global food security.

Core areas of study include:

  • Food and commodity sales
  • Retail systems and management
  • Food product and commodity marketing
  • Micro- and macroeconomics

Learn more about requirements and courses in Food Industry Management.


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Rough salary range

Data from MSU Spring 2017 Destination Survey

Career Opportunities

The food industry employs nearly one in six professionals in the United States with new positions opening daily for analyst, management, marketing and sales positions.

Food Industry Management prepares students for a variety of career paths.

  • Marketing specialist
  • Data analyst
  • Brand manager
  • Distribution and logistics manager
  • Account executive
  • Retail store manager
  • Wholesale and retail buyer

Faculty members and advisors maintain close relationships with food industry companies, which can help with internships, scholarships and employment in related fields.

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Alumnus Ignites Student Engagement

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Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics alumnus Greg Pell gives back to students after finding success and opportunity in the department.

Advisor Information

Schedule advising appointments online. Advising is Wednesday afternoons 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. There is no Express Advising during the summer.

Student Life

In addition to student jobs and internships, there are study abroad and undergraduate research opportunities.

There are also a variety of student clubs and organizations including:

  • Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Education Club
  • Collegiate Farm Bureau
  • Food Marketing Association
  • Leadership in Environment and Agricultural Fields
  • Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences
  • National Agri-Marketing Association

Related Minors

The Food Industry Management minor is designed to serve students with majors in other fields who are interested in careers in food industry management. You'll gain a fundamental knowledge of business management in relations to the food industry.

Related minors:

  • Agribusiness Management
  • Applied Development in International Agriculture and Natural Resources
  • Agronomy
  • Environmental Economics
  • Environment and Health
  • Food Processing and Technology
  • International Business
  • Leadership in Integrated Learning (Bailey Scholars Program)
  • Public Relations
  • Sales Leadership
  • Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems
  • Technology Systems Management

Talk more with your advisor about minors and your areas of interest.


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