Career outlook for food scientist or food technologist
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Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would test food for safety and quality and find ways to keep food fresh for longer. Or you would invent new processes and products, such as fat-free food.
You’d help to develop a wide range of products in the food and drink industry and make sure they are safe for consumers.
As a food scientist, you would use scientific techniques to:
- Get accurate nutritional information for food labels
- Investigate ways to keep food fresh, safe and attractive
- Find ways of producing food more quickly and cheaply
- Test the safety and quality of food
As a food technologist, you would plan the production of food and drink products.
For example, you would:
- Blend together new ingredients to invent new recipes and ideas
- Modify foods, for example, to create fat-free products
- Conduct experiments and produce sample products
- Design the processes and machinery to make products in large quantities
Some jobs, such as doing research for a supermarket chain, may involve quality control as well as product development.
You’d need to explain your ideas to other scientists and factory staff, and be confident in reporting any problems with processes. You need to meet strict health and hygiene rules and food production regulations.
You would also gain knowledge and experience of areas like chemical engineering, production planning, market and consumer research, and financial management.
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- Working with technology
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- Attention to detail
- Developing a plan
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