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Food Scientists and Technologists
District Of Columbia

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Use chemistry, microbiology, engineering, and other sciences to study the principles underlying the processing and deterioration of foods analyze food content to determine levels of vitamins, fat, sugar, and protein discover new food sources research ways to make processed foods safe, palatable, and healthful and apply food science knowledge to determine best ways to process, package, preserve, store, and distribute food.

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Currently Employed: Not Available

Projected Annual Job Openings: Not Available

Typical Hourly Wage: $26.30 - $46.81

Typical Annual Salary: $54,700 - $97,400

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typical training

Typical education needed for entry: Bachelor's degree

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: None

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: None

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typical job duties

  • Check raw ingredients for maturity or stability for processing and finished products for safety, quality, and nutritional value.
  • Inspect food processing areas to ensure compliance with government regulations and standards for sanitation, safety, quality, and waste management standards.
  • Evaluate food processing and storage operations and assist in the development of quality assurance programs for such operations.
  • Study methods to improve aspects of foods, such as chemical composition, flavor, color, texture, nutritional value, and convenience.
  • Stay up-to-date on new regulations and current events regarding food science by reviewing scientific literature.
  • Test new products for flavor, texture, color, nutritional content, and adherence to government and industry standards.
  • Develop food standards and production specifications, safety and sanitary regulations, and waste management and water supply specifications.
  • Develop new or improved ways of preserving, processing, packaging, storing, and delivering foods, using knowledge of chemistry, microbiology, and other sciences.
  • Confer with process engineers, plant operators, flavor experts, and packaging and marketing specialists to resolve problems in product development.
  • Study the structure and composition of food or the changes foods undergo in storage and processing.

tools & technology


Tools:
  • Cooking machinery
  • Crushing machinery
  • Dehydrating machinery
  • Filling machinery
  • Laboratory heat exchange condensers

Technology:
  • Analytical or scientific software
  • Data base user interface and query software
  • Office suite software
  • Spreadsheet software
  • Word processing software

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