6 Food Industry Jobs in That Contribute to a Healthier Society
By Rilind Elejaz
There is one old and very frequently-quoted French proverb that roughly translates to “you are what you eat.” Well, Mister Brillat-Savarin who originally coined the sentence was really onto something – we are all nothing more than living and breathing representations of nutritional habits. The problem is these habits are very sloppy and they are becoming progressively worse as our lives become hastier.
But, if you could simply hit the pause button, turn your passion for food, cooking, or simply good health into something truly viable, and offer people around you a healthy alternative to whatever sort of junk food they are eating at the moment?
Sounds like fighting the windmills, right? The answer is actually 'no'. Here are a couple of jobs that should demonstrate you can make a good earning while helping people to eat healthily.
· Agricultural inspector or manager
Yeah, this first mention may sound like a stretch but all problems are easier to solve if they are cut at their very source. So, becoming the agricultural inspector won't exactly give you many opportunities to cook but you will make sure that the food that eventually finds its way to someone's table is actually healthy. And you will have plenty of work to do. At the moment, organic agriculture is practiced in 187 countries and managed by more than 37 million farmers and these numbers are growing. Taking care of these people and encouraging others to join the gig makes for a very demanding full-time occupation.
· Restaurant manager
Do you like hanging out at restaurants, know a lot about food, possess excellent communication skills and you are good with people but you don't exactly consider yourself a chef? No need to worry, you will have a great opportunity to leverage your skills even as a restaurant manager. As a matter of fact, your job will be even more responsible. If we take a look at the recent US study we will see that 68% of local citizens believe organic products are healthier. So the demand is there. But, you need put the skills to leverage that demand through good menus, efficient organization, and a market-proof business model.
· Start a small online store
The COVID-19 finally convinced even the most stubborn people of the benefits of online commerce and food delivery. Unfortunately, most things available for order are not quite the healthiest options on the food market. So, why wouldn't you try to fill in this void and deliver consumers the quality they can find in niche organic restaurants right to their very doors? These days you can easily find quality health food online and you also have the benefit of countless delivery services. That makes the logistics of your store pretty much solved. You only need to turn your culinary passion into easily available and healthy meals.
· Open up a restaurant
Ok, this is, by far, the most hands-on option you will get on this list so if you have ever wanted to open a restaurant and gave up the dream for any reason whatsoever, now is the time to reconsider this option. After a sharp decline caused by COVID-19, the number of UK restaurants is finally experiencing steady growth and the industry now employs more than 480,000 individuals. Also, plant-based ventures are performing exceedingly well and will remain in demand in foreseeable future. Granted, you will need to deal with common business setbacks, but the climate is better than it’s been in a fair couple of years now.
· Organic food farmer
Speaking of COVID-19, the outbreak of the pandemic caused countless people to lose their long-term employment. Many of them simply decided to get back to square one, get some land, buy a small rural house, and start putting out organic products. Such a decision makes a lot of sense since organic food is well-paid and in high demand running a farm, although it requires a lot of hard work, is very forgiving to newcomers. Also, we are well past the XIX century – the rural communities feature all the amenities you got used to in big cities but make a countless times healthier environment to spend life with your family.
· Nutritionist or dietician
Both these professions are very similar and they are concerned with helping people reach their health and nutritional goals and educating them about the benefits of healthy food. Be aware, though, to get this gig you will need to acquire a formal education as well as a national licence. But, from this point on you will get an unlimited number of career options. So, start your own practice, look for social media stardom, engage in blogging or podcasting, or look for traditional employment – all these options are promising and viable enough if you are well-intentioned, professional, and spreading the good word.
Of course, these six examples are only some of the most popular mentions but they should illustrate that you can, indeed, make a career out of your passion for good meals and healthy living. People nowadays are becoming much more aware of these issues than the previous generations. They have an inherent need to do better, even when they don't exactly know how and where. So, there's an opportunity for you to lend them a hand while making a decent living for yourself in the process.