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Career Details :: Food Science Technicians
Perform standardized qualitative and quantitative tests to determine physical or chemical properties of food or beverage products.
Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience may be helpful in these occupations, but usually is not needed. For example, a drywall installer might benefit from experience installing drywall, but an inexperienced person could still learn to be an installer with little difficulty.
These occupations usually require a high school diploma and may require some vocational training or job-related course work. In some cases, an associate's or bachelor's degree could be needed.
Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees.
- Conducts standardized tests on food, beverages, additives, and preservatives to ensure compliance to standards for factors such as color, texture, nutrients, and coloring.
- Tastes or smells food or beverages to ensure flavor meets specifications or to select samples with specific characteristics.
- Computes moisture or salt content, percentage of ingredients, formulas, or other product factors, using mathematical and chemical procedures.
- Mixes, blends, or cultivates ingredients to make reagents or to manufacture food or beverage products.
- Prepares slides and incubates slides with cell cultures.
- Orders supplies to maintain inventory in laboratory or in storage facility of food or beverage processing plant.
- Measures, tests, and weighs bottles, cans, and other containers to ensure hardness, strength, and dimensions meet specifications.
- Cleans and sterilizes laboratory equipment.
- Records and compiles test results and prepares graphs, charts, and reports.
- Examines chemical and biological samples to identify cell structure, bacteria, or extraneous material, using microscope.
- Analyzes test results to classify product, or compares results with standard tables.
- Chemical Technicians
- Environmental Science and Protection Technicians, Including Health
- Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health
- Soil Scientists
General Work Activities
- Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
- Getting Information Needed to Do the Job
- Analyzing Data or Information
- Judging Qualities of Things, Service, People
- Handling and Moving Objects
Frequent Work Context
- Importance of Being Exact or Accurate
- Importance of Being Sure All Is Done
- Consequence of Error
- Degree of Automation