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.
What do food technologists do? Michelle Lucke, food technologist at Heinz Wattie's, gives an insight into her job (click to play video):
Go here for real-life CAREER PROFILES and SUCCESS STORIES of working food scientists, technologists and engineers.
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.