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Career Opportunities in the Milling Industry
The milling industry involves the process of grinding grains into flour and other finished products that are used to make bread, cakes, pastas, and many other foods. This sector offers a variety of career paths that provide strong benefits, stability, and opportunities to learn on the job.
Learn more about career options in the milling industry and hear directly from some current industry professionals about their experiences at grainmillingcareers.com.
Kansas State University
A degree in milling science and management provides students with excellent job opportunities, from positions in production to research and development, sales, risk management, marketing, commodities trading, and more.
Kansas State University has offered milling education for more than 110 years, one of the very few universities in the world to offer four-year bachelor of science degrees in Bakery Science and Management, Feed Science and Management, and Milling Science and Management. K-State students who graduate from these programs benefit from exceptional faculty, resources, and opportunities such as paid internships and 100% job placement.
Click here to learn more about K-State’s Department of Grain Science and Industry.
NAMA’s Partnership with K-State
In 2012, NAMA and its members established the NAMA Instructor Award at K-State to fund a position within the Department of Grain Science and Industry in recognition of the critical role the university plays in training the milling workforce. Fran Churchill, the original awardee, continues to serve in this position. In 2021, the position was renamed the North American Milling Industry Instructor Award to reflect the broad importance of the training provided by Fran Churchill and K-State. Companies interested in making donations can contact NAMA for more information.
NAMA also supports the annual NAMA Scholarship at K-State. The NAMA Scholarship at KSU was started in 1991 by the Millers’ National Federation. Current K-State students can click here to learn more and apply. Scholarships are announced each fall.
Recent scholarship recipients include:
- Conner McDonald, 2020 – 2021
- Luke Benfer, 2019 – 2020
- Landon Ellis, 2019 – 2020
- Isaac Romig, 2019 – 2020
Other Milling Education Opportunities
Founded in 1896, the International Association of Operative Millers (IAOM) is an international organization comprised of grain millers and allied trades representatives devoted to the advancement of education and training opportunities in the grain milling industries.
IAOM offers educational opportunities for those interested in the milling industry, including an 8-unit Correspondence Course in Flour Milling, Milling Technician Certificate Program, and a variety of recorded webinars on demand.
The International Milling Education Foundation is IAOM’s philanthropic partner. The IMEF Scholarship Program was established in 2008 to support the education of undergraduates in the sciences of grain milling. In 2012, the program was expanded to include opportunities for professionals already working in the field of milling. The program is designed to recognize the top milling science students at K-State.
NAMA members offer a variety of internship opportunities to current college students and recent graduates. Visit NAMA’s member directory and visit each company’s websites to learn about current internship and job postings.