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Job Description

Food Scientist will research and develop a wide range of foods and food related products to make sure they are safe and fit for human consumption. They will develop new ingredients, test the quality of the products, make sure labelling is correct and shows the nutritional value. They will also explore alternative manufacturing methods.

Entry Requirements

You'll usually need a foundation degree, HND or degree in a subject like food science, food studies or food technology. Employers may also accept other subjects like chemistry or nutrition.

Another way in is to start out as a lab technician and study towards qualifications while you work.

Career Path and Progression

You could work for a range of organisations involved in researching and developing new products, including:

  • food manufacturers and supermarkets
  • government and university research establishments
  • local authorities

You could improve your career prospects by getting Registered Scientist (RSci) or Chartered Scientist (CSci) status through the Institute of Food Science and Technology.

With experience you could become a project leader or manage a department like research and development or quality control. You could also move into fields like chemical engineering, agricultural research, toxicology or nutrition science.

Related careers you may be interested in:

  • Baker
  • Biochemist
  • Biologist
  • Biotechnologist

National Government Policy states that all students should have achieved at least a Grade 4 or C Grade in English & Maths at GCSE.  Achieving this minimum grade in these subjects will increase the opportunities open to you, support your future career development and prospects.

Students who do not meet this standard will be supported to continue to study English and Maths through full-time education or an Apprenticeship.

Required Skills

  • An innovative approach to researching new products
  • Good analytical skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Good concentration levels
  • Strong IT skills

Starting Salary

£20,000 to £26,000

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