Food scientists deal with the study, preservation, processing and packaging of food. Educated in nutrition, biology, and chemistry, food scientists use their knowledge to improve methods of processing, canning, freezing, storing, packaging and distribution.

All Agriculture courses have five (5) years duration in Nigeria.

Subject Combination

English, Chemistry, Mathematics / Physics and Agric Science


Most food scientists work in the research and development departments of food processing companies and government agencies. Some work as quality control inspectors and production supervisors. Food scientists can also run their private businesses in the industry.

Essential skills for Agriculturists

  • Ability to take initiatives
  • Good communication skills
  • Technical and analytical skills
  • Business acumen
  • Teamwork and collaboration skills
  • Computer skills
  • Sales and persuasion skills
  • Management skills

Read: The overview – Agriculture