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Food Industry Careers Brochure

A brochure explaining the wide range of science, technology and engineering careers available in the food industry, is now available from NZIFST and Futureintech.

This brochure was designed to explain to students, parents, teachers and careers advisers, the huge range of exciting and challenging careers available in the food industry, the skills required to do these jobs, and how to get there. It outlines the importance of the food industry to New Zealand’s economy, the degrees on offer, and types of jobs available, and features photos and quotes from seven young graduates in a variety of roles.

Our sincere thanks to everyone who contributed to the development of this brochure, and the young graduates who agreed to feature in it.

Copies are available from NZIFST Executive Manager Rosemary Hancock (, from NZIFST Branches, from any Futureintech Facilitator, or from the Futureintech head office (

Food technologists at work

What do food technologists do? Michelle Lucke, food technologist at Kraft Heinz, gives an insight into her job (click to play video):

Meet more food technologists at FUTUREINTECH:

Other Websites to visit for information on careers in Food Science, Technology & Engineering.

How NZIFST can help

Contact NZIFST

What do students have to study to become a Food Scientist or Food Technologist?

Click on one of the JOB OPTIONS listed here, to see what qualifications are required. Each qualification is in turn linked to the relevant course information.

Go HERE for a full list of TERTIARY COURSES in food science, technology and engineering available in NZ.

Go HERE for a list of TERTIARY SCHOLARSHIPS available for studies in food science, technology and engineering.

Careers News:

Edna Waddell Undergraduate Scholarships for Women in Technology...
Professors Emeriti Dick and Mary Earle, who made a huge contribution to developing the biotechnology and food technology degrees at Massey University in the 1960s, established the Edna Waddell Scholarships in 2008, to encourage women to study engineering and technology.
By Jenny Dee.

Otago students benefit from NZIFST/CREST Student Product Develop...
Three students, who completed the NZIFST/CREST Student Product Development Challenge whilst at school, are now at the University of Otago studying Food Science or Consumer Food Science.
By Jenny Dee.

Industry visits for senior school students from Hawke's Bay scho...
For the tenth consecutive year, the Hawke's Bay branch and Kerre Devonport-Ward, the local Massey University Student Recruitment Adviser, collaborated to organise industry visits for students interested in careers in the agri-food industry, and their teachers/careers advisers.
By Jenny Dee

From Student PD Challenge to a career in the food industry
Article from 2011 SPD Challenge student Frankie Moull
By Frankie Moull.

Food industry visits for Hawke's Bay students
In May/June 2013 the Hawke's Bay branch of NZIFST and Massey University ran their eighth annual industry visits for senior secondary school students interested in science-based careers in the agrifood industry.

Careers in Food Science, Technology and Engineering in New Zeala...
By Lara Fleming, Consultant, Scientific & Technical Recruitment Limited

Another top student recruited for the food industry
Zoe Purdon, a Year 13 student at Hastings Girls High, is heading to Massey University to study food technology next year, with a little help from Futureintech Ambassador Michelle Hutton and colleagues at Heinz Wattie's.
By Jenny Dee.

Inspiring the food scientists of the future
20/6/12 - Futureintech Ambassadors from Heinz Wattie's in Hastings have been doing their bit to help the students at Twyford School understand the science involved in food, and hopefully inspire some of them to be the food scientists of the future.

From Undergraduate to Product Development Technologist
In late November 2010, Heinz Wattie's Ltd employed 6 Food Science and Technology graduates. 3 from Otago University and 3 from Massey University. All 6 are working as Product Development Technologists in various areas of the business.

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