What is a Food Science Technologist?

A food science technologist provides accurate nutritional information for food labeling, does shelf-life studies, tests the safety and quality of food, develops recipes using newly-discovered ingredients, modifies foods such as creating fat-free varieties, and uses panels or consumers to evaluate products.

The Institute of Food Technologists defines food science as "the discipline in which the engineering, biological, and physical sciences are used to study the nature of foods, the causes of deterioration, the principles underlying food processing, and the improvement of foods for the consuming public".

A food science technologist testing the quality of an orange by taking a sample with a syringe.

Are you suited to be a food science technologist?

Food science technologists have distinct personalities. They tend to be investigative individuals, which means they’re intellectual, introspective, and inquisitive. They are curious, methodical, rational, analytical, and logical. Some of them are also realistic, meaning they’re independent, stable, persistent, genuine, practical, and thrifty.

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