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Food Science Technicians

Also called: Central Lab Technician (CLT), Lab Tech (Laboratory Technician), Quality Assurance Analyst (QA Analyst), Quality Control Technician (QC Technician)

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What they do:
Perform standardized qualitative and quantitative tests to determine physical or chemical properties of food or beverage products.
On the job, you would:
  • Record or compile test results or prepare graphs, charts, or reports.
  • Conduct standardized tests on food, beverages, additives, or preservatives to ensure compliance with standards and regulations regarding factors such as color, texture, or nutrients.
  • Maintain records of testing results or other documents as required by state or other governing agencies.


Manufactured or Agricultural Goods
  • manufacture and distribution of products
  • food production
  • customer service
  • administrative services
Math and Science
  • chemistry
Arts and Humanities
  • English language


Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • reading work related information
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it


  • communicate by speaking
  • communicate by writing
Ideas and Logic
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
  • notice when problems happen
  • add, subtract, multiply, or divide
  • choose the right type of math to solve a problem


People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Integrity
  • Dependability
  • Cooperation
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Initiative


You might use software like this on the job:

Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel
Word processing software
  • Microsoft Word
Presentation software
  • Microsoft PowerPoint


Education: (rated 3 of 5)

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