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Food Science Technicians

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

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What they do:
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.
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.

Knowledge

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

Skills

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

Abilities

Verbal
  • 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
Math
  • add, subtract, multiply, or divide
  • choose the right type of math to solve a problem

Personality

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

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Data base user interface and query software
  • Microsoft Access Hot Technology
  • Microsoft SQL Server Hot Technology
Electronic mail software
  • IBM Lotus Notes
  • Microsoft Outlook Hot Technology
Application server software
  • Oracle WebLogic
  • Red Hat WildFly Hot Technology

Education

Education: (rated 3 of 5)

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Job Outlook

Average Outlook
New job opportunities are likely in the future.
Salary
$41,230
$28,030
$64,180
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