Food Technologist Kaihangarau Kai

Food technologists research, develop and improve food and drink products. They may also be involved in the processing, packaging, storage and safety of food to meet government and industry standards.

Food technologists may do some or all of the following:

  • develop new or improve current food and drinks
  • make test samples of food products and conduct trials
  • source and select ingredients for food products
  • manage or supervise development and production of food and drinks
  • improve efficiency of manufacturing processes
  • develop new or improve current food packaging
  • ensure food products meet specifications and standards (quality assurance)
  • investigate the nutritional properties of foods.

Physical Requirements

Food technologists need to have good hand-eye co-ordination.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for food technologists includes:

  • food processing or production
  • laboratory work
  • quality assurance
  • business management or marketing.

Personal Qualities

Food technologists need to be:

  • accurate
  • patient and persistent
  • able to work well under pressure
  • good at problem solving
  • good at planning and organising.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for food technologists includes:

  • food processing or production
  • laboratory work
  • quality assurance
  • business management or marketing.

Subject Recommendations

A tertiary entrance qualification is required to enter further training. Useful subjects include home economics, maths, physics, chemistry and biology. 

Food Technologists can earn around $50K-$75K per year per year.

Chances of getting a job as a Food Technologist are good due to a shortage of people interested in this type of work.

Food technologists may move into senior roles such as senior food technologist, senior research technologist or technical manager. 

They may progress to jobs in areas such as:

  • marketing and sales
  • food safety authority
  • university lecturers

Food technologists may specialise in:

  • packaging
  • product development
  • production
  • quality assurance
  • policy and standards
  • technical sales
  • research and development.
Food Technologist

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