Food Science Technicians
SOC: 19-4011.02

Description:

Perform standardized qualitative and quantitative tests to determine physical or chemical properties of food or beverage products.


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
33,000 employed

Projected (2024):
34,700 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate Titles:

  • Beer Brewer
  • Biotechnician
  • Bottle House Quality Control Technician
  • Butter Fat Tester
  • Central Lab Technician (CLT)
  • Cheese Supervisor
  • Cheese Tester
  • Cream Tester
  • Dairy and Food Laboratory Assistant
  • Dairy Technologist
  • Dairy Tester
  • Data Control Assistant
  • Fermentologist
  • Food Analyst
  • Food Critic
  • Food Products Tester
  • Food Science Technician
  • Food Taster
  • Food Tester
  • Fruit Tester
  • Juice Standardizer
  • Juice Tester
  • Lab Tech (Laboratory Technician)
  • Laboratory Assistant (Lab Assistant)
  • Malt Specifications Control Assistant
  • Milk Tester
  • Operations Technician
  • Quality Analyst
  • Quality Assurance
  • Quality Assurance Analyst (QA Analyst)
  • Quality Assurance Technician (QA Technician)
  • Quality Control
  • Quality Control Technician (QC Technician)
  • Quality Technician
  • Research Technician
  • Sensory Scientist
  • Taste Tester
  • Technical Services Analyst
  • Technician
  • Test Baker
  • Yeast Culture Developer


  • Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.

    Education:

    Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Food Production
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Geography
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

  • Conduct standardized tests on food, beverages, additives, or preservatives to ensure compliance with standards and regulations regarding factors such as color, texture, or nutrients.
  • Provide assistance to food scientists or technologists in research and development, production technology, or quality control.
  • Compute moisture or salt content, percentages of ingredients, formulas, or other product factors, using mathematical and chemical procedures.
  • Record or compile test results or prepare graphs, charts, or reports.
  • Analyze test results to classify products or compare results with standard tables.
  • Taste or smell foods or beverages to ensure that flavors meet specifications or to select samples with specific characteristics.
  • Examine chemical or biological samples to identify cell structures or to locate bacteria or extraneous material, using a microscope.
  • Mix, blend, or cultivate ingredients to make reagents or to manufacture food or beverage products.
  • Measure, test, or weigh bottles, cans, or other containers to ensure that hardness, strength, or dimensions meet specifications.
  • Order supplies needed to maintain inventories in laboratories or in storage facilities of food or beverage processing plants.
  • Maintain records of testing results or other documents as required by state or other governing agencies.
  • Monitor and control temperature of products.
  • Perform regular maintenance of laboratory equipment by inspecting, calibrating, cleaning, or sterilizing.
  • Train newly hired laboratory personnel.
  • Prepare or incubate slides with cell cultures.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Agar plates
  • Anaerobic jars
  • Benchtop centrifuges
  • Bioluminometers
  • Boiling water baths
  • Bunsen burners
  • Calorimeters
  • Colony counters
  • Color testing equipment
  • Compound binocular light microscopes
  • Desktop computers
  • Dessicators
  • Distilling equipment
  • Dropping pipettes
  • Dry bulb thermometers
  • Electronic toploading balances
  • Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay ELISA plate readers
  • Erlenmeyer flasks
  • Eyewash fountains
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Fluorescent microscopes
  • Fume hoods
  • Gas analyzers
  • General purpose laboratory test tubes
  • Grinders
  • Handheld thermometers
  • Homogenizers
  • Hot air ovens
  • Inoculation tubes
  • Laboratory balances
  • Laboratory beakers
  • Laboratory blenders
  • Laboratory clamps
  • Laboratory coats
  • Laboratory convection ovens
  • Laboratory funnels
  • Laboratory glass burets
  • Laboratory hot plates
  • Laboratory knives
  • Laboratory mechanical convection incubators
  • Laboratory mixers
  • Laboratory stirring rods
  • Laboratory strainers
  • Laboratory tongs
  • Laser printers
  • Magnetic retrievers
  • Magnetic stir bars
  • Magnetic stirrers
  • Metal detectors
  • Microscope slides
  • Microwell readers
  • Moisture balances
  • Moisture meters
  • Mortars and pestles
  • Notebook computers
  • Particle size testing equipment
  • Pasteur pipettes
  • Personal computers
  • Petri dishes
  • pH meters
  • Precision scales
  • Safety gloves
  • Safety goggles
  • Safety showers
  • Siphons
  • Steam autoclaves
  • Steam sterilizers
  • Temperature probes
  • Triple beam balances
  • Ultraviolet UV lights
  • Universal indicators
  • Vacuum ovens
  • Viscosity testing equipment
  • Water activity meters
  • Wet bulb thermometers
  • Zhan cups
  • Database software
  • Graphics software
  • Microsoft Access
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Word
  • Presentation software
  • Spreadsheet software
  • Word processing software


  • life physical and social science


    industry stats

    SOC: 19-0000

    Total Employed: 1,146,110

    Average Annual Salary: $71,220