Processed Foods

Career Pathways in Processed Foods

The Processed Food Industry transforms livestock and agricultural products into products for intermediate or final consumption. Northwest Iowa is one of the nation’s leaders in Processed Foods, and the primary segments of the industry in the region include:

  • Starch and vegetable oil manufacturing
  • Confectionary manufacturing
  • Frozen food manufacturing
  • Fruit and vegetable canning and drying dairy products
  • Ice cream and frozen food manufacturing
  • Bread and bakery product manufacturing

In Food Processing there are four Pathways: Engineering & Science; Management & Supervision; Technical & Skilled; and Semi-Skilled & Unskilled. To explore occupations in Processed Foods, click on:

Career Pathways in Processed Foods 

The U.S. Department of Labor has developed an occupational database, called O*Net, for over 800 occupations. Additional information on each of the occupations shown in the Career Pathways can be found in O*Net at:

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