Projected Growth: Average
Projected Job Openings
Medium Preparation Needed
Your job is to Perform standardized qualitative and quantitative tests to determine physical or chemical properties of food or beverage products.
Common job titles of Food Science Technicians include:
Experience and Education
Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.
32.2% said they needed a High School Diploma.
17.31% said they needed a Bachelor's Degree.
Perform regular maintenance of laboratory equipment by inspecting, calibrating, cleaning, or sterilizing.
Record or compile test results or prepare graphs, charts, or reports.
Taste or smell foods or beverages to ensure that flavors meet specifications or to select samples with specific characteristics.
Measure, test, or weigh bottles, cans, or other containers to ensure that hardness, strength, or dimensions meet specifications.
Provide assistance to food scientists or technologists in research and development, production technology, or quality control.
Conduct standardized tests on food, beverages, additives, or preservatives to ensure compliance with standards and regulations regarding factors such as color, texture, or nutrients.
Analyze test results to classify products or compare results with standard tables.
Maintain records of testing results or other documents as required by state or other governing agencies.
Compute moisture or salt content, percentages of ingredients, formulas, or other product factors, using mathematical and chemical procedures.
Examine chemical or biological samples to identify cell structures or to locate bacteria or extraneous material, using a microscope.
Mix, blend, or cultivate ingredients to make reagents or to manufacture food or beverage products.
Prepare or incubate slides with cell cultures.
Monitor and control temperature of products.
Order supplies needed to maintain inventories in laboratories or in storage facilities of food or beverage processing plants.
Train newly hired laboratory personnel.
Wet bulb thermometers
Water activity meters
Viscosity testing equipment
Ultraviolet UV lightsAll Tools
Triple beam balances
Particle size testing equipment
Mortars and pestles
Magnetic stir bars
Laboratory stirring rods
Laboratory mechanical convection incubators
Laboratory hot plates
Laboratory glass burets
Laboratory convection ovens
Hot air ovens
General purpose laboratory test tubes
Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay ELISA plate readers
Electronic toploading balances
Dry bulb thermometers
Compound binocular light microscopes
Color testing equipment
Boiling water baths
Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Complex Problem Solving
Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Quality Control Analysis
Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Judgment and Decision Making
Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension
Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Expression