Research and Development Technician

Research and Development Technician

A research and development (R&D) technician is responsible for assisting a researcher or research team with product development projects. They compute formulas, percentages or production-specific factors using chemical and mathematical procedures. Additionally, R&D technicians support commercialization of products by working with marketing and sales teams within the framework of the stage-gate process.
What Responsibilities Will I Have?: 
  • Ensure accurate sample preparation
  • Operate lab/kitchen and plant equipment
  • Maintain culinary presentation tools
  • Develop and maintain recipes
  • Compute formulas, percentages or production-specific factors
  • Assist with scale-up processes of prototypes into full production
  • Support commercialization of products
  • Perform wet chemistry analysis on finished products
  • Provide assistance with microbiological testing of products
  • Contribute to product development and process establishment 
Recommended High School Courses: 
The following high school courses are recommended: agricultural education, biology, chemistry and mathematics.
Education/Training Required: 
An associate degree in chemistry, biology, food science or food technology is required. Some companies may require a bachelor’s degree in similar fields.
Future Job Market Outlook: 
Typical Employers: 
R&D technicians are typically employed by food production companies, food chemical supply companies and government inspection agencies.
Suggested Professional Organizations and Associations: 
  • Produce Marketing Association
  • American Council for Food Safety and Quality
  • Institute of Food Technologist
  • Research Chefs Association  
Average Annual Full-Time Salary: 
$37,029
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