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.
Food Technologist Salaries
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Food Technologist Career Path
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Food Technologist Interviews
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