Food Technologists develop new and improve existing food products, and set standards for producing, packaging and marketing food.

    A bachelor degree in science majoring in food science, food technology, nutrition, chemistry or a related field is needed to work as a Food Technologist. Some Food Technologists complete postgraduate studies.

    Tasks

    • Tests food products for flavour, colour, taste, texture and nutritional content.
    • Advises on preserving, processing, packaging, storing and delivering foods.
    • Develops quality control procedures and safety standards for the manufacture of food products.

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    • $1,979 Weekly Pay
    • Moderate Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment

    Food Technologists

    • 1,200 workers Employment Size
    • Very high skill Skill level rating
    • 78% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 42 hours Average full-time
    • 38 years Average age
    • 67% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Food Technologists (in their main job) stayed about the same over 5 years:
    from 1,200 in 2011 to 1,200 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Many Food Technologists work in Victoria.
    • Industries: Most work in Manufacturing; Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; and Retail Trade.
    • Full-time: Many work full-time (78%, higher than the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 42 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 38 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 67% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

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    Main Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Manufacturing65.4
    Professional, Scientific and Technical Services10.9
    Retail Trade6.1
    Wholesale Trade5.4
    Other Industries12.2

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateFood TechnologistsAll Jobs Average
    NSW36.331.6
    VIC43.225.6
    QLD11.720.0
    SA2.67.0
    WA4.110.8
    TAS1.12.0
    NT0.21.0
    ACT0.71.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketFood TechnologistsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.2-5.05.0
    20-246.3-9.39.3
    25-3434.2-22.922.9
    35-4426.6-22.022.0
    45-5418.3-21.621.6
    55-596.6-9.09.0
    60-644.2-6.06.0
    65 and Over3.5-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
    Type of QualificationFood TechnologistsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate24.0-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree58.6-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma8.5-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV4.2-21.121.1
    Year 124.4-18.118.1
    Year 110.0-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below0.3-12.512.5

    A bachelor degree in science majoring in food science, food technology, nutrition, chemistry or a related field is needed to work as a Food Technologist. Some Food Technologists complete postgraduate studies.

    Membership with the Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology may be useful.

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    Employers look for Chemists, and Food and Wine Scientists who can communicate clearly, work well in a team and have strong interpersonal skills.

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Chemistry

      81% Skill level

      Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.

    2. Biology

      75% Skill level

      Plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, how they rely on and work with each other and the environment.

    3. Production and processing

      74% Skill level

      Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

    4. Mathematics

      68% Skill level

      Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

    5. Food production

      66% Skill level

      Planting, growing, and harvesting food (both plant and animal), including storage and handling.

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    The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 19-1012.00 - Food Scientists and Technologists.

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    Demands

    The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

    1. Electronic mail

      100% Important

      Use electronic mail.

    2. Telephone

      94% Important

      Talk on the telephone.

    3. Face-to-face discussions

      93% Important

      Talk with people face-to-face.

    4. Indoors, heat controlled

      92% Important

      Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

    5. Teamwork

      88% Important

      Work with people in a group or team.

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