Food technologists are responsible for the safe and efficient development, modification and manufacture of food products and processes.
As a food technologist, it is your job to make sure food products are produced safely, legally and are of the quality claimed. You could be involved in developing the manufacturing processes and recipes of food and drink products and may work on existing and newly-discovered ingredients to invent new recipes and concepts.
Technologists modify foods to create products such as fat-free items and ready meals. You will often work closely with the product development teams to help deliver factory-ready recipes based on the development kitchen samples.
Employers of Food Technologists
Employers of food technologists include food manufacturing and retail companies, universities, government organizations and specialist research associations/consultancies.
- generating new product ideas and recipes
- modifying and improving existing recipes
- designing processes and machinery for the production of recipes on a large scale
- liaising with marketing staff
- ensuring that strict hygiene food safety standards are met
- identifying and choosing products from suppliers
- monitoring the use of additives
- testing and examining samples
- writing reports
You will benefit from having a food-related degree for entry into this area of work. The following subjects in particular are relevant:
- food, nutrition and health;
- food safety and quality management;
- food science/technology.
Other relevant science subjects include physical, mathematical, life and medical science. In particular, subjects such as nutrition, microbiology and applied chemistry are helpful.
- a genuine interest in science and how it is applied to food and cookery;
- high standards of cleanliness and the ability to adhere to strict hygiene rules;
- excellent attention to detail;
- strong written and verbal communication skills;
- leadership qualities;
- people and team-working skills;
- a flexible approach to working;
- numeracy and problem-solving skills;
- time management and organizational skills;
- an awareness of the consumer market.