Food sensory technologists or food science technicians are a vital part of any company that develops and sells food. If you have a passion for cooking and the science behind food, then this kind of work may be perfect for you.
Food sensory technologists conduct experiments to improve the selection, preservation, processing, packaging, and distribution of food.
A bachelor’s degree in food technology and science is typically required. However, some companies hire food sensory technologists at an entry-level position with an associate’s degree.
Food sensory technologists typically work under a food scientist in government or corporate laboratories as well as in test kitchens.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects employment of agricultural and food scientists to grow by 16 percent between 2008 and 2018. The growth is due to efforts to increase the quantity and quality of food produced for a growing population and an increased awareness of the health effects of certain types of foods.
The median annual salary of food scientists and technologists was $59,520 in May 2008, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
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