What does a Food Scientist do?

Food scientists research the ways to improve the efficiency and safety of agricultural establishments and their products. They conduct research and experiments to improve productivity and sustainability of field crops and farm animals.

Food scientists create new food products and innovate, process, package, and deliver food-related items. They study the composition of soil as it relates to plant growth, and they research ways to improve the soil. They communicate their research findings to the scientific community, food producers, and to the public and travel between facilities as they oversee implementation of new products. They conduct analysis of the nutritional content of certain foods, discover new food sources, and research ways to make processed foods safer and healthier for consumers. Some food scientists enforce government regulations by inspecting food processing areas to ensure they are sanitary and that they meet waste management standards. Food scientists need a bachelor’s degree from an accredited postsecondary institution.

What responsibilities are common for Food Scientist jobs?
  • Order and stock supplies in galley and nourishment area.
  • Work under the instruction and direction of the culinary manager to perform daily tasks.
  • Follow all food safety related policies and procedures.
  • Assemble and publish various quality/defect data reports and indices as directed.
  • Follow disaster plans and uses strength and agility during participation in preparedness drills and actual emergencies.
  • Participate in meetings and in-services on both department and company levels.
  • Strength and stamina sufficient to frequently and continuously lift, push, pull, reach, squat, kneel, bend, carry, twist, pinch, grasp, climb stairs while carrying supplies, assume and maintain awkward positions while perform duties (such as working to maintain equipment) and manipulating various supplies and equipment.
  • Follow recipes according to appropriate safe food handling procedures, using food service equipment.
  • Perform warehouse audits of finished goods, WIP, and raw materials as requested.
  • Review and maintain appropriate quality records and samples as needed.
  • Complete safety assessments primarily in the food contact materials industry, but also to support other groups, such as agriculture, chemicals, or medical devices.
  • Participate in drafting regulatory reports, contributing to the safety assessment portion of these reports.
What are the typical qualifications for Food Scientist jobs?
  • Bachelor's or Graduate's Degree in food science, agricultural science, or meat science.
  • A problem solver with strict attention to detail.
  • Can strive for continuous improvement.
  • Collaboration with teams and clients to improve upon best practices.
  • Prior experience in a consulting capacity.
  • Dedication to requirements analysis and sound decision making throughout the day.
  • Comfortable taking leadership roles where needed, especially in the selection and execution of product.
  • Experience with statistics and calculus.
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
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Career Opportunity
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Avg. Experience0-1 Year

Food Scientist Salaries

Average Base Pay

$4,000 /month
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$4K
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Food Scientist Career Path

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Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
45%
2 - 4
15%
5 - 7
1%
8+
39%
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Food Scientist Insights

Read what Food Scientist professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Bettr EggBettr Egg
Food Scientist
17 May 2022

“It is a really nice place to work since you can feel that what you are doing makes an impact.”

Nespresso GlobalNespresso Global
Senior Coffee Specialist
22 Mar 2022

“Working hours are not really good”

Urmia University of Medical Sciences
Food Scientist
14 Jun 2022

“It is good to work here”

Via Christe Assisted Living Community
Food and Nutrition Assistant
29 Jan 2021

“Great people to work with”

International Flavors & FragrancesInternational Flavors & Fragrances
Food Scientist
5 Apr 2022

“Great people to work with”

Bombucha
Food Scientist
1 Nov 2020

“Good people to work with”

UnileverUnilever
Food Scientist
19 Aug 2021

“Great opportunities for career development”

The Ohio State UniversityThe Ohio State University
Food Scientist
25 Jul 2022

“Limited career development training for students”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a Food Scientist

When working as a Food Scientist, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are HACCP, GMPS, Strong WORK Ethic, Excellent Communication and Microsoft Office Suite.

The most similar professions to Food Scientist are:
  • Qc Chemist
  • Food Technologist
  • Research Scientist
  • Chemist

The most common qualifications to become a Food Scientist is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.

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