Food Scientist and Technologist

Average Salary
Degree Requirements
Bachelor's Degree

What’s in our food, and how do we safely process, package, preserve, store and distribute it? Food scientists find the answers for us, helping our food taste good, and making sure it’s good for you. By understanding foods’ composition, food scientists lead the effort in securing our health alongside our food supply.

Also known as: Food and Drug Research Scientist, Food Chemist, Food Technologist, Product Development Scientist, Quality Control Inspector, Research Chef, Research Food Technologist, Research Scientist, Seafood Technology Specialist
Learning Strategies
Personnel Management
Quality Control Analysis
Social Perceptiveness
Systems Analysis
Systems Evaluation
Make recommendations to improve food, such as chemical composition, flavor, color, texture, nutritional value and convenience
Develop new or improved ways of preserving, processing, packaging, storing and delivering foods
Study the structural and compositional changes that foods undergo in storage and processing
Test products for flavor, texture, color, nutritional content and government and industry standards compliance
Collaborate with process engineers, plant operators, flavor experts and packaging and marketing specialists to develop products
Develop food standards, safety and sanitary regulations and waste management and water supply specifications
Inspect food processing areas to ensure compliance with government regulations and sanitation, safety, quality and waste management standards

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