Love Candy? 3 Careers to Consider

By Abbey Tiderman 10.27.2016 interact

Americans will spend $2.5 billion this Halloween on copious amounts of chocolate, caramel, and candy corn, according to the National Retail Federation. Are you part of the candy-loving crowd? Here are some sweet career options for you to consider.


Chemist or Material Scientist

Cook mixing chocolate cream with professional chocolate spatula. Melted dark chocolate.

Unlike fruits and veggies, we can’t cultivate candy. So where does it come from? Two words: the lab. So if you love all things science and chemistry, find the relationships between molecules, atoms and substances fascinating, and have great critical thinking skills, put on your safety goggles and white coat—you could have a hand in creating candy as a chemist.

What You’ll Earn
Depending on where you end up working and what your specific role is, you could earn anywhere between $47,740 and $125,450, but the median pay in 2015 for a material scientists was $91,000.

What You’ll Do
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, chemists and material scientists “use their knowledge to develop new and improved products and to test the quality of manufactured goods.” In the candy industry, scientists work in teams to come up with and improve various sweet treats, assessing and experimenting with sucrose molecules, water molecules, sugar crystals and much more.

Degree You’ll Need
At the very least, you’ll need a Bachelor’s degree in chemistry, but having a Master’s degree or Ph.D. will increase your earning potential and dictate the type of position you can land.


Quality Control Inspector

Chef playfully eating chocolate from finger

If you’ve got a sweet tooth, have solid physical stamina and easily grasp technical processes, you may make just a great quality control inspector in a candy production facility.

What You’ll Earn
The median pay in 2015 for a quality control inspector according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, was $36,000 per year.

What You’ll Do
As a quality control inspector in a candy factory, it will be your responsibility to ensure standards are met, make recommendations to improve the process and the best part—inspect and test candy for quality.

Degree You’ll Need
You will need a high school diploma and likely some on-site training to become a quality control inspector. There are also other certifications you can receive from the American Society for Quality.


Advertising, Promotions and Marketing Manager

DALLAS TX - OCTOBER 31 2015: Decorative pumpkins filled with assorted Halloween chocolate candy made by Mars Incorporated and the Hershey Company.

This may come as a surprise, but candy doesn’t sell itself. Sure, it’s quite a process making and getting it onto store shelves. But there’s a whole other industry focused around selling it. That’s where marketing comes in. So if you not only love candy, but are creative and have the communication skills to convince others to love it too, you may want to look into a career in marketing.

What You’ll Earn
The median annual salary for advertising and promotions managers in 2015 was $95,890, while marketing managers earned a median income of $128,750. These wages vary greatly, however, depending on where in the country you’re based and your precise position.

What You’ll Do
As an advertising and marketing manager, you will initiate market research studies, plan promotional and marketing campaigns — and may even get to work with celebrities on TV ads or social media product endorsements.

Degree You’ll Need
You’ll need a Bachelor’s degree in a Marketing, although other marketing-related degrees such as Business or English, combined with marketing experience can also earn you a well-paying role in this field.


  1. Nick

    MM sounds so good

  2. Brayden

    This is pretty cool

  3. Emma

    I think making candy would be a cool job because you get to see how its.

  4. isaac

    I love it.

  5. Kendra hill

    I think this is a cool idea.
    I can’t wait for Halloween .


    mmmmm i want some of that cnady

  7. ashlin

    we should be how we wont to by

  8. Jordan

    I love candy

  9. Deborah hadley

    i love candy so i definitely think i would love this job and the pay is worth it.

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