Product Development Food Scientists research and revamp the process of canning, freezing, storing, and packaging of food.
What responsibilities will I have?
- Design, develop and test processes and processing equipment for food processing factories
- Improve quality of equipment and increase production of food products
- Create new methods and processes 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 with company management
- 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
What education and training is required?
A master’s or bachelor’s degree in Food Science, Nutrition, Food Engineering.
To pursue a career in Food Scientist:
The following high school courses are recommended: agricultural education, biology, chemistry and mathematics.
Typical employers include food production companies, government inspection agencies, colleges and universities.
Future Job Market/Outlook:
The future outlook for Food Safety is projected to be good to excellent.
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