Food Science Technicians:

Work with food scientists or technologists to perform standardized qualitative and quantitative tests to determine physical or chemical properties of food or beverage products. Includes technicians who assist in research and development of production technology, quality control, packaging, processing, and use of foods.

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About the Job

Indiana Average Salary $44,050.00
Average Time to Fill 0 days
Typical Education Post-secondary certificate or some college courses
Typical Experience None
10 Year Projected Openings (2021-2031) 830
10 Year Expected Percentage Change (2021-2031) 10.10 %

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Skills Profile

Essential (Soft) Skills

Essential Skills to Employers

Critical Thinking
Attention to Detail
Information Gathering
Following Directions
Technology and Tool Usage
Written Communication
Oral Communication
Math Application
Resource Management

Top Job Duties and Responsibilities

Analyzing Data or Information

Test chemical or physical characteristics of materials or products
Analyze chemical or biological data
Conduct standardized quantitative laboratory analyses
Analyze the chemical structures, properties, and reactions of organic or carbon compounds
Perform statistical analysis or modeling
Identify problems using mathematical or statistical methods
Analyze chemical compounds or substances
Analyze scientific or investigative findings
Examine biological specimens
Perform biological testing
Monitor chemical action of substances
Analyze biological material samples
Determine condition of plants, flowers, shrubs, or trees
Analyze engineering design problems
Perform engineering research
Isolate microorganisms
Analyze engineering data
Evaluate designs or specifications to ensure quality
Interpret research data
Analyze design or requirements information for mechanical equipment or systems
Perform environmental research
Perform Health, Safety, and Environment (HSE) related research
Forecast phenomena based on statistical or mathematical research data
Provide scientific or technical research assistance
Evaluate product design
Determine regulatory limitations on project
Analyze business or organizational practices or procedures
Analyze operational or management reports to inform business decisions
Analyze environmental data
Perform environmental assessment
Appraise environmental impact of regulations or policies
Evaluate impact of regulations or laws
Analyze operational data to evaluate operations, processes, or products
Analyze organizational workflows

Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material

Perform quality assurance testing
Test materials to verify safety standards
Compute product or materials test results
Test quality of materials or finished products
Evaluate quality of materials or resources
Evaluate quality of products
Perform tests to assess compliance with standards
Test food to determine that it is cooked
Inspect industrial, production, or manufacturing related work products to verify conformance with quality and standards
Analyze manufacturing or production test results
Test manufactured products
Inspect facilities or equipment for regulatory or hazard compliance concerns
Test products for functionality or quality
Test mechanical products or equipment
Perform production or manufacturing related safety inspection
Perform engineering related safety inspection
Ensure equipment is operating to prescribed standards
Test engineering project equipment
Inspect facilities or sites to determine if they meet engineering specifications or standards
Test historical authenticity of various materials
Conduct performance testing
Conduct test runs of production equipment
Inspect engineering equipment or systems
Perform agricultural, farming, or forestry related safety inspection
Inspect production equipment
Evaluate equipment for compliance with standards
Test performance of electrical, electronic, mechanical, or integrated systems or equipment
Test electrical or electronic systems or equipment
Test electrical or electronic wiring or fixtures
Perform inspection of tools or equipment prior to use
Test ambient levels of air quality, noise, or temperature
Inspect waste disposal or treatment facilities for regulatory compliance
Inspect plants, farm crops, or fields

Getting Information

Review engineering data or reports
Collect statistical data
Collect scientific or technical data
Review industrial, production, or manufacturing work orders
Research agricultural processes or practices
Interpret information from diagrams, blueprints, schematics, or technical drawings
Review industrial, production, or manufacturing codes and specifications
Perform chemical or chemistry research
Read manufacturing specifications for electronic products
Review engineering codes and specifications
Explain engineering drawings, specifications, or other technical information
Research methods to improve food products
Read operating, service, or repair manuals
Research engineering designs or applications
Determine factors affecting production processes
Read work orders or other instructions to determine product specifications or materials requirements
Research impact of environmental conservation initiatives
Review maps to determine location or routes
Read work orders to determine material or setup requirements
Study blueprints or other instructions to determine equipment setup requirements
Conduct biological research
Conduct agricultural field research
Conduct climatological research
Review blueprints or other instructions to determine operational methods or sequences
Research industrial processes or operations
Research human or animal disease or parasites
Obtain technical support instructions from scientists or engineers
Research human performance or health factors related to engineering or design activities

Thinking Creatively

Maintain quality assurance procedures
Develop new chemical processing techniques or formulas
Select food or beverage samples for testing
Create mathematical or statistical diagrams, charts, or tables
Design manufacturing processes or methods
Develop engineering policies, procedures, or standards
Determine methods of how engineering operations are carried out
Modify recipes to produce specific food products
Determine food portions
Determine operational criteria or specifications
Develop engineering technical methods or processes
Develop new products based on scientific research
Coordinate development of refining processes
Establish employee performance standards
Develop sustainable environmental protection practices or methods
Develop simple informational data repositories or databases
Improve engineering related test devices or techniques
Develop complex computer databases
Write business project or bid proposals
Develop plans to manage natural resources
Develop renewable resource management plans
Develop safety procedures and regulations
Develop informational maps or charts
Write public sector or institutional research and grant proposals
Develop basic data repositories or databases
Develop new or advanced production methods
Identify sustainable business practices
Develop scientific hypotheses, theories, or laws in chemistry
Develop technical or scientific databases

Making Decisions and Solving Problems

Employ statistical process control procedures
Implement air quality control measures
Perform chemical processing emergency procedures
Follow safety procedures and regulations in scientific or laboratory environments involving agricultural science
Implement pollution control techniques
Follow safety procedures and regulations in chemical laboratory environments
Implement design or process improvements
Solve production problems
Follow safety procedures and regulations in agricultural, farming, or forestry environments
Control animal and plant diseases through sanitation, cleanliness, and management procedures
Implement company or staff policies
Determine methods to minimize environmental impact of activities
Follow safety procedures and regulations in architectural or engineering environments
Determine project implementation methods and procedures
Solve engineering problems
Solve machining tool problems
Discuss resolution of production problems or equipment malfunctions with relevant personnel
Modify manufacturing work procedures, processes, or plans
Inseminate animals using Artificial Insemination (AI)
Follow safety procedures and regulations in industrial, production, or manufacturing environments
Establish project teams
Modify production work procedures, processes, or plans
Implement health or sanitation standards
Resolve operational shipping or transportation issues
Terminate personnel or staff employment
Terminate contractor employment

Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates

Manage industrial production activities or processes
Manage nutritional or food programs
Coordinate production maintenance activities
Manage scientific or technical project resources
Direct implementation of new procedures, policies, or programs
Manage quality control activities
Supervise industrial, production, or manufacturing personnel
Manage food or beverage preparation
Establish priorities for employees
Manage industrial projects
Supervise technical personnel
Manage organizational or program policies
Oversee testing or construction of prototype
Coordinate operational activities
Manage project teams
Supervise engineering personnel
Lead engineering teams
Supervise scientific or research-based personnel
Direct scientific research or investigative studies
Manage scientific activities and operations associated with atmospheric, environmental, or geological conditions
Manage use and upkeep of laboratory environment or facility
Direct renewable energy production operations
Manage use and upkeep of organizational facilities
Direct natural resources management or conservation programs
Assign work to staff or employees

Handling and Moving Objects

Prepare agricultural sample for laboratory testing or analysis
Prepare compounds or solutions for products or testing
Collect samples for analysis or testing
Prepare chemical sample for laboratory testing or analysis
Cultivate microorganisms for study, testing, or medical preparations
Prepare biological samples for testing or analysis
Adjust industrial, manufacturing, or production equipment
Set-up production equipment or machinery
Collect samples of raw materials or finished products
Set-up chemical laboratory equipment
Mix food or beverage ingredients according to instructions
Mix chemicals safely according to instructions
Prepare environmental sample for laboratory testing or analysis
Set-up biological laboratory equipment
Collect environmental data or samples
Set-up field equipment in agricultural settings to test or monitor conditions
Install industrial machinery or equipment
Set-up electronic systems test equipment

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Inventory Management
Inventory Control

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