Food Technologist

Food Technologist

Food technologists oversee all aspects of product development, reviewing and approving nutritional data, writing product specifications and enforcing USDA labeling regulations on new and modified food products. They ensure quality and safety of food products, finding substitutes for harmful ingredients. Additionally, they research products, markets and technology to improve existing brand/product offering.
What Responsibilities Will I Have?: 
  • Collaborate with food production staff for quality, safety, labeling, production, handling and distribution of food products
  • Ensure that food-processing areas comply with government regulations
  • Support new product development and/or processes based on consumer feedback
  • Research products, markets and technology to improve existing brand/product offering
  • Ensure quality and safety of food products
  • Adhere to federal compliance requirements
  • Develop samples/prototypes of new products
  • Modify existing products to create more marketable products
  • Develop specifications for product production labeling
  • Compile cost analysis information
  • Maintain accurate records to ensure smooth start-up for new product production processes
Recommended High School Courses: 
The following high school courses are recommended: agricultural education, computer skills, mathematics, biology and family and consumer sciences.
Education/Training Required: 
A bachelor’s or master’s degree in food science or in a related field is needed.
Future Job Market Outlook: 
Typical Employers: 
Food technologists work for food companies that market and develop food products.
Suggested Professional Organizations and Associations: 
  • Institute of Food Technologists
  • Institute of Food Science and Technology
Average Annual Full-Time Salary: 
$58,000
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