Food technologists develop and improve existing food products and set standards for producing, packaging and marketing food. They use chemistry, microbiology, engineering and other scientific methods to study the process of food deterioration.
Duties & Tasks
Food technologists may perform the following tasks:ensure safe and hygienic conditions are maintained during processing, storage and packaging of food
check raw ingredients and processed food for nutritional value, safety and quality
undertake basic and applied research into aspects of food processing, food preservation, food quality, food deterioration, packaging, storage and delivery
check foods for colour, texture and taste to ensure products meet government regulations and standards
develop and ensure food standards
demonstrate products to clients
develop new products and devise the techniques needed to produce these foods and maintain quality during storage
supervise cleaning and maintenance of machinery used in food processing
compare products with those of other brands and participate in surveys that provide information to management about new products and market trends
supervise the transportation of foodstuffs such as fruit, vegetables and milk, as well as inspect for spoilage and quality deterioration
develop quality control procedures for the manufacture of products in plants or factories
analyse results and experimental data
supervise and coordinate the work of technicians.
Food technologists may be required to wear protective clothing.
enjoy scientific activities
able to take initiative
good problem-solving skills
aptitude for mathematics, science and technology
able to work as part of a team
strong reading and writing abilities
good observation and communication skills
a high level of accuracy
good physical health.