NZIFST - The New Zealand Institute of Food Science & Technology Inc.

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NZIFST Annual Conference

Careers & Education in Food Science, Technology & Engineering

What do Food Scientists, Technologists and Engineers do?

Virtually every food item you see in the supermarket will have had some input from a Food Scientist, Food Technologist or Food Engineer during its development. They use science and engineering to develop, process and package safe, nutritious and appealing food products. As well as requiring technical skills, their work may include business development, marketing and management. The work is varied, stimulating, challenging and offers excellent career prospects.

Go here for a list of JOB OPTIONS which include typical job descriptions. Each requires specific qualifications - follow the links to find out what these entail, and where to go to study for them in New Zealand.

Who employs Food Scientists, Technologists and Engineers?

Food scientists, technologists and engineers are in short supply. They are employed in both the public and private sector, including:

Dairy, meat, seafood and horticultural processors
Brewers, winemakers and beverage manufacturers
Bakeries, confectioners and snack food manufacturers

Service industries:
Packaging, ingredient and equipment suppliers
Advertising agencies and market research companies
Research establishments and universities.
Government departments.

Go here for JOB VACANCIES currently being advertised in the food industry.


For primary teachers:
Food science and technology resources

For secondary students:
Career options and job descriptions
Food technology in action - food processes in the food industry
Links to other websites about careers in food science & technology
University courses in food science and technology
Scholarships and funding available

For secondary teachers:
Experiments and examples for use in teaching science & technology
Links to other sites with teaching resources
Suggestions as to how NZIFST and its members can assist you in teaching FST&E
NZIFST Careers & Education contacts

For careers advisers:
Information about careers in food science, technology & engineering
Suggestions as to how NZIFST and its members can assist you in promoting careers in FST&E
NZIFST Careers & Education contacts

For university students:
Online study resources
Tertiary qualifications, course details and contacts
Scholarships and funding available
Meet prospective employers
Employment opportunities

For university teachers:
Online study resources
NZIFST Careers & Education contacts

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