What does a Food Technologist do?

Food technologists study the physical, chemical, and biological composition of foods to develop methods for safely processing, preserving, and packaging them. They seek ways to improve food's flavors and nutritional values and conduct tests to ensure they meet industry and government standards. They conduct their research to improve agriculture, processing, production, storage, and shipment of food.

Food technologists often work in product development or hold positions with food product suppliers; they travel to visit farms or food processing plants to conduct their work. They work toward better food preservation and processing and packaging procedures and improved storage and delivery processes. They research harmful food additives and develop substitutes to improve the safety and nutritional values of food. Some food technologists work for the government and assist with food labeling or visit restaurants and food processing plants to ensure they are staying up to sanitation code and safety regulations. Food technologists need a bachelor's degree in agricultural science or related fields.

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Avg. Experience2-4 years

How much does a Food Technologist make?

$82,107 /yr
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Food Specialist
Mar 24, 2021

“I liked the people I worked with and I liked the way they ran the establishment.”

Artisan du ChocolatArtisan du Chocolat
Food Technologist
May 18, 2022

“close to McDonalds and good parking”

Blue Lake Fine Arts CampBlue Lake Fine Arts Camp
Food Technologist
Mar 26, 2020

“best place to work and grow”

Applications Technologist
Jan 19, 2022

“A good place to start your career and learn the software/cloud business.”

Takasago InternationalTakasago International
Senior Food Technologist
Feb 4, 2021

“good as a stable career”

Maple Leaf FoodsMaple Leaf Foods
Food Technologist
Mar 13, 2021

“Good place to start your career”

US ArmyUS Army
92 Golf/Food Specialist
Mar 3, 2022

“great job to work for”

Food Technologist
Jan 17, 2022

“doesn't have any opportunities to polish your career”

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