Food Scientists and Technologists:

Use chemistry, microbiology, engineering, and other sciences to study the principles underlying the processing and deterioration of foods; analyze food content to determine levels of vitamins, fat, sugar, and protein; discover new food sources; research ways to make processed foods safe, palatable, and healthful; and apply food science knowledge to determine best ways to process, package, preserve, store, and distribute food.

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About the Job

Indiana Average Salary $67,320.00
Average Time to Fill 40 days
Typical Education Bachelor's degree
Typical Experience None
10 Year Projected Openings (2016-2026) 553
10 Year Expected Percentage Change (2016-2026) 6.81 %

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Skills Profile

Essential (Soft) Skills

Essential Skills to Employers

Attention to Detail
Critical Thinking
Information Gathering
Oral Communication
Technology and Tool Usage
Resource Allocation
Written Communication
Customer Service
Following Directions
Work Ethic
Numerical and Arithmetic Application

Top Job Duties and Responsibilities

Thinking Creatively

Determine food portions
Select food or beverage samples
Modify recipes to produce specific food products
Develop simple informational data repositories or databases
Develop simple operational data repositories or databases
Develop complex computer databases
Develop technical or scientific databases
Create mathematical or statistical diagrams, charts, or tables
Plan menu of meal options
Create databases
Maintain quality assurance procedures
Develop informational maps or charts
Develop mathematical concepts, models, or simulations
Develop scientific hypotheses, theories, or laws
Develop simple financial data repositories or databases
Define database parameters or specifications
Plan meal presentations
Prepare graphics or other visual representations of information
Develop new products based on scientific research
Develop diagrams or flow charts of how systems operate
Develop graphic designs or models
Write research or project grant proposals
Write business project or bid proposals
Write computer programs or code
Design software or user interface
Develop computer or information security policies or procedures
Create new food recipes or presentations
Design data security systems
Develop new chemical processing techniques or formulas
Develop safety procedures and regulations
Design data processing systems
Design software applications
Develop computer, network, or database policies, procedures, or standards
Develop records management systems
Design complex hardware and software solutions
Optimize software performance
Identify sustainable business practices
Develop sustainable industrial or development methods
Develop plans to manage natural or renewable resources
Develop theories or models of physical phenomena
Establish recruiting procedures
Establish employee performance standards
Prepare proposal documents or grant applications

Handling and Moving Objects

Perform food preparation duties
Place food on dishes or trays or in takeout bags
Prepare beverages for clients or customers
Prepare appetizers, salads, or cold dishes
Distribute food to wait staff to serve customers
Prepare specialty foods
Assist chefs or caterers with food or drink preparation
Operate food preparation equipment
Cut cooked or raw foods
Prepare food products by hand through shaping, kneading, or rolling
Add garnishes to food
Cook food for customers or patients
Preserve meat, poultry, or fish
Grind meats such as beef, pork, poultry, or fish
Bake breads, rolls, or other baked goods
Prepare sample for laboratory testing, analysis, or microscopy
Perform short order cooking
Package food or supplies
Mix food or beverage ingredients according to instructions
Stock serving stations or dining areas with food or supplies
Collect environmental data or samples
Cultivate microorganisms for study, testing, or medical preparations
Collect samples for analysis or testing
Operate food decorating equipment
Package goods for shipment or storage
Set-up laboratory or field equipment
Cut meat products
Arrange decorations or furniture for banquets, dining venues, or social functions

Analyzing Data or Information

Conduct standardized qualitative laboratory analyses
Analyze chemical or biological data
Conduct standardized quantitative laboratory analyses
Test chemical or physical characteristics of materials or products
Analyze scientific or investigative findings
Identify problems using mathematical or statistical methods
Perform statistical analysis or modeling
Examine biological material specimens
Prepare data for analysis
Perform biological testing
Analyze organic compounds
Isolate microorganisms
Monitor chemical action of substances
Analyze technical problems
Interpret aerial photographs
Determine geographic coordinates
Analyze geological or geographical data
Perform health, safety, and environment (HSE) related research
Analyze environmental data
Perform environmental assessment
Forecast phenomena based on statistical or mathematical research data
Calculate differential equations
Conduct research of processes in natural or industrial ecosystems
Analyze geological samples
Analyze ecosystem data
Provide scientific or technical research assistance
Analyze engineering design problems
Evaluate impact of governmental or other types of regulations or laws
Appraise environmental impact of regulations or policies
Determine nutritional needs or diet restrictions
Analyze legacy databases
Determine regulatory limitations on project
Interpret research or operational data
Interpret laws or legislation

Getting Information

Conduct field research
Conduct laboratory research or experiments
Gather information about how to prepare food
Collect statistical data
Survey land or properties
Collect geographical or geological field data
Collect scientific or technical data
Research impact of environmental conservation initiatives
Collect information technology related data
Perform information technology related research
Retrieve data from digital or online sources
Conduct climatological research
Review engineering data or reports
Gather physical or topographical survey data
Research methods to improve food products
Research environmental impact of industrial or development activities
Determine effects of pollution
Review food services related work orders
Conduct biological research
Conduct geological surveys
Conduct atmospheric research
Investigate environmental impact of projects and activities
Monitor environmental impacts of production or development activities
Read computer or software documentation to solve technical problems
Review maps to determine location or routes
Investigate customer complaints
Conduct historical research
Obtain technical support instructions from scientists or engineers
Conduct interviews to gather scientific or research based information
Research medical or health improvement issues
Analyze adaptability of species to new environmental conditions

Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates

Manage food or beverage preparation or service
Conduct nutritional or food programs
Direct implementation of new procedures, policies, or programs
Coordinate activities of food service staff
Manage laboratory environment or facility
Direct scientific research or investigative studies
Manage scientific activities and operations associated with atmospheric, environmental, or geological conditions
Manage industrial production activities or processes
Supervise restaurant or lodging personnel
Supervise scientific or research based personnel
Manage project life cycle
Coordinate operational activities
Direct natural resources management or conservation programs
Supervise scientific or technical personnel
Supervise information technology personnel
Coordinate timing of food production activities
Manage food service or production operations
Direct environmental development activities

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Booster Skills & Certifications

Job Seekers possessing booster skills & certifications, such as those listed below, added to core skills are more marketable, harder to find and expensive to hire.

Hard to Fill: Employers find positions requiring these skills to be hard to fill. These skills and certifications make a job seeker more in demand because the skills are not widely available.

Expensive to Fill: Employers find positions requiring these skills to be expensive to fill. Job seekers with these skills and certifications are likely to earn more money.

Skill or Certification Certi - fication Hard to Fill Expensive to Fill
Manufacturing Processes
Chemical Engineering
Certified Professional - Food Safety
Product Improvement
Analytical Testing

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