Flavor Technologist

Flavor Technologist

Flavor technologists develop and manufacture flavoring used in food and drink products. They conduct experiments and produce sample products, as well as design the processes for making products with a consistent flavor, color and texture in large quantities. Furthermore, they apply flavors to basic applications and collect flavor performance results for flavors that don’t have data.
What Responsibilities Will I Have?: 
  • Conduct experiments
  • Produce sample products
  • Design the processes for making products with a consistent flavor, color and texture in large quantities
  • Modify the flavor concentrates of existing products
  • Conduct internal sensory evaluations to determine quality of flavors, both new and existing
  • Select flavors and pull from stock for standard sample requests 
  • Apply flavors to basic applications and collect flavor performance results
  • Build a library of flavors with knowledge of many different applications
  • Ensure that the portfolio flavors have application data
  • Select the best flavor for the application
  • Provide quick service to applications and customers
  • Coordinate with multiple departments to ensure flavor data integrity
  • Work directly with the sample department on resamples and standard samples
  • Provide basic application on flavors without data across many different applications
  • Communicate with the regulatory department to make certain documentation needs are met
Recommended High School Courses: 
The following high school courses are recommended: agricultural education, mathematics, biology, chemistry and computer skills.
Education/Training Required: 
A bachelor’s degree in food science, nutrition, chemistry or related field.
Future Job Market Outlook: 
Typical Employers: 
Flavor technologists work for food companies that are developing new food products.
Suggested Professional Organizations and Associations: 
  • Institute of Food Technologists
  • Flavor and Extract Manufacturers Association
Average Annual Full-Time Salary: 
$57,000
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