Product Development Food Scientist

Product Development Food Scientist

A product development food scientist improves methods of processing, canning, freezing, storing, packaging and/or distributing food. They present and discuss processes and equipment findings with company management.
What Responsibilities Will I Have?: 
  • Design, develop and test processes and processing equipment
  • Improve quality of equipment and increase production
  • Create new methods to preserve food and increase food manufacturing efficiency
  • Source equipment for company usage
  • Repair production processes that are not working properly
  • Evaluate and record costs of processes and equipment
  • Work with quality assurance teams to maintain food product standards
  • Present and discuss processes and equipment findings
  • Teach and train new employees about processes and equipment
  • Identify and correct quality problems
  • Monitor production process to observe new opportunities
  • Ensure operations are safe and effective
Recommended High School Courses: 
The following high school courses are recommended: agricultural education, biology, chemistry and mathematics.
Education/Training Required: 
A master’s or bachelor’s degree in food science, nutrition or food engineering is required.
Future Job Market Outlook: 
Typical Employers: 
Typical employers include food production companies, government inspection agencies, colleges and universities.
Suggested Professional Organizations and Associations: 
  • American Meat Science Association   
  • American Council for Food Safety and Quality
  • Institute of Food Technologist
  • National Coalition for Food and Agricultural Research    
Average Annual Full-Time Salary: 
$59,901
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