Food Technologist

Interested in food manufacturing? Want to make advances in food quality or safety of food production? Build a career as a food technologist.

what is microbiology, food technologist jobsWhat Does Working as a Food Technologist Look Like?

Food technologists use chemistry and microbiology to determine underlying principles guiding the processing, preservation, deterioration and composition of food. They typically perform some or all of the following:

  • Measure calories, nutrition and composition of food products.
  • Improve food quality and safety through development of processing and preservation methodology.
  • Enhance taste, texture or other qualities contributing to palatability or nutrition of foods.
  • Establish best practices for harvesting, processing, cleaning, packaging, manufacturing, transporting and storing food.
  • Advise food manufacturers regarding food safety and quality regulations.

Food Technologist Salary and Forecast

Food technologists can expect to earn a median salary of $66,170.

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Job opportunity growth for this career is forecasted to increase at a rate of 2-4% per year nationally. North Carolina has a higher-than-average demand for food technologists. Job demand is forecasted to increase at a rate of 4.7% per year in North Carolina.

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What Education is Required to Work as a Food Technologist?

Most food technologists have a bachelor’s degree. About a third have a master’s degree or a doctorate. A certificate from NC State is highly regarded in the field of microbiology and is a great way to stand out amongst the competition as you apply for an entry-level position or graduate school.

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Food Technologist Job Opportunities

Food technologist jobs are on the rise. Similar job titles include:

  • Food Science Professor
  • Food Scientist
  • Food Industry Product Development Manager
  • Food Industry Product Development Scientist

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