Food scientists and technologists apply pure scientific principles to the study of the nature, properties and composition of foodstuffs, and the changes that they undergo during processing and storage.
Food scientists use this information to look at ways to keep food fresh, safe to eat and reduce contamination; they also provide nutritional information for food labelling and test the safety and quality of food products.
Food technologists work on the development of food products; they devise new recipes and improve existing ones. With the move to encouraging healthy eating, food scientists and technologists research how to deliver healthier options of established products, such as low salt and/or sugar versions. Food scientists and technologists are creative, analytical, thorough and meticulous. They have excellent problem-solving skills.
What it takes
What it takes:
- knowledge of chemistry, biology and maths
- knowledge of manufacturing production and processes
- knowledge of food production methods
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- analytical thinking skills
- excellent verbal communication skills
- to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
- problem-solving skills
Day to day
Day to day:
As a food scientist, you may
- provide accurate nutritional information for food labelling
- investigate ways to keep food fresh, safe and attractive
- improve efficiency in food production
- test the safety and quality of food
As a food technologist, you could
- blend new ingredients to invent and modify recipes
- conduct experiments and produce sample products
- design production processes and machinery
- investigate and resolve problems, like customer complaints or quality issues
You could work at a research facility or in a laboratory.
You may need to wear protective clothing.