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Food Technologists

ANZSCO ID 234212

Overview

All Chemists, and Food and Wine Scientists

  • $1,979 Weekly Pay
  • Moderate Future Growth

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

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

You usually need a bachelor degree in science majoring in food science, food technology, nutrition or another related field to work as a Food Technologist.

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.

Prospects

Pathways

You usually need a bachelor degree in science majoring in food science, food technology, nutrition or another related field to work as a Food Technologist.

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need. Visit

  • Course Seeker to search and compare higher education courses.
  • ComparED to compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes.

Skills & Knowledge

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

Filter Skills & Knowledge

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.

  6. Engineering and technology

    66% Skill level

    Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

  7. English language

    65% Skill level

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  8. Physics

    65% Skill level

    The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.

  9. Education and training

    60% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  10. Administration and management

    59% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  11. Customer and personal service

    54% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  12. Computers and electronics

    53% Skill level

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  13. Psychology

    50% Skill level

    Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

  14. Law and government

    49% Skill level

    How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

  15. Sales and marketing

    49% Skill level

    Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

  16. Clerical

    49% Skill level

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

  17. Mechanical

    47% Skill level

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  18. Technical design

    41% Skill level

    Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

  19. Communications and media

    38% Skill level

    Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.

  20. Public safety and security

    38% Skill level

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Critical thinking

    61% Skill level

    Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

  2. Reading comprehension

    61% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  3. Writing

    57% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  4. Complex problem solving

    57% Skill level

    Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

  5. Monitoring

    57% Skill level

    Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.

  6. Active learning

    55% Skill level

    Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.

  7. Active listening

    55% Skill level

    Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

  8. Judgment and decision making

    55% Skill level

    Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.

  9. Speaking

    54% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  10. Coordination with others

    52% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  11. Time management

    52% Skill level

    Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.

  12. Instructing

    50% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  13. Quality control analysis

    50% Skill level

    Doing tests and checking products, services, or processes to make sure they are working properly.

  14. Systems analysis

    50% Skill level

    Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.

  15. Negotiation

    50% Skill level

    Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.

  16. Persuasion

    50% Skill level

    Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.

  17. Social perceptiveness

    48% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  18. Mathematics

    45% Skill level

    Using maths to solve problems.

  19. Science

    45% Skill level

    Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

  20. Management of personnel resources

    43% Skill level

    Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Inductive reasoning

    63% Skill level

    Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.

  2. Oral comprehension

    63% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  3. Written comprehension

    63% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  4. Oral expression

    61% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  5. Written expression

    61% Skill level

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  6. Categorising

    59% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  7. Deductive reasoning

    59% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  8. Problem spotting

    59% Skill level

    Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.

  9. Mathematics

    55% Skill level

    Choose the right maths method or formula to solve a problem.

  10. Near vision

    54% Skill level

    See details that are up-close (within a few feet).

  11. Brainstorming

    54% Skill level

    Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.

  12. Sorting or ordering

    54% Skill level

    Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

  13. Working with numbers

    54% Skill level

    Add, subtract, multiply, or divide.

  14. Originality

    52% Skill level

    Come up with unusual or clever ideas, or creative ways to solve a problem.

  15. Speech clarity

    50% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  16. Flexibility of closure

    48% Skill level

    See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.

  17. Selective attention

    46% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  18. Speech recognition

    45% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  19. Colour discrimination

    43% Skill level

    Notice differences between colours, including shades of colour and brightness.

  20. Multitasking

    41% Skill level

    Do two or more things at the same time.

Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  1. Planning and prioritising work

    77% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.

  2. Researching and investigating

    76% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  3. Thinking creatively

    76% Skill level

    Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.

  4. Coordinating the work of a team

    75% Skill level

    Getting members of a group to work together to finish a task.

  5. Making sense of information and ideas

    75% Skill level

    Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.

  6. Monitoring people, processes and things

    75% Skill level

    Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.

  7. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    74% Skill level

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  8. Making decisions and solving problems

    74% Skill level

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  9. Collecting and organising information

    74% Skill level

    Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.

  10. Looking for changes over time

    74% Skill level

    Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  11. Communicating within a team

    72% Skill level

    Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  12. Checking compliance with standards

    69% Skill level

    Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

  13. Leading and encouraging a team

    68% Skill level

    Encouraging and building trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.

  14. Building good relationships

    66% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  15. Communicating with the public

    66% Skill level

    Giving information to the public, business or government by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  16. Guiding and directing staff

    66% Skill level

    Guiding and directing staff, including setting and monitoring performance standards.

  17. Checking for errors or defects

    64% Skill level

    Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.

  18. Documenting or recording information

    63% Skill level

    Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

  19. Estimating amounts, costs and resources

    63% Skill level

    Working out sizes, distances, amounts, time, costs, resources, or materials needed for a task.

  20. Working with computers

    53% Skill level

    Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
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.

Work Environment

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

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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.

  6. Contact with people

    88% Important

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  7. Being exact or accurate

    84% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  8. Letters and memos

    82% Important

    Write letters and memos.

  9. Time pressure

    80% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  10. Wear common protective or safety equipment

    78% Important

    Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.

  11. Freedom to make decisions

    77% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  12. Unstructured work

    75% Important

    Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

  13. Lead or coordinate a team

    73% Important

    Lead others to do work activities.

  14. Health and safety of others

    71% Important

    Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.

  15. Responsible for outcomes

    71% Important

    Take responsibility for the results of other people's work.

  16. Spend time sitting

    71% Important

    Spend time sitting at work.

  17. Competition

    70% Important

    Compete with others, or be aware of competitive pressures.

  18. Impact of decisions

    68% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  19. Contact with the public

    66% Important

    Work with customers or the public.

  20. Loud or uncomfortable sounds

    65% Important

    Be exposed to noises and sounds that are distracting or uncomfortable.

Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.

  1. Achievement

    71% Important

    Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

  2. Support

    71% Important

    Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.

  3. Recognition

    67% Important

    Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.

  4. Working conditions

    64% Important

    Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.

  5. Independence

    62% Important

    Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.

  6. Relationships

    62% Important

    Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.

Interests

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  1. Analytical

    100% Important

    Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.

  2. Practical

    76% Important

    Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

  3. Administrative

    62% Important

    Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.

  4. Creative

    43% Important

    Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.

  5. Enterprising

    33% Important

    Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.

  6. Helping

    19% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
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.

All Chemists, and Food and Wine Scientists

  • $1,979 Weekly Pay
  • Moderate Future Growth

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

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

You usually need a bachelor degree in science majoring in food science, food technology, nutrition or another related field to work as a Food Technologist.

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.

You usually need a bachelor degree in science majoring in food science, food technology, nutrition or another related field to work as a Food Technologist.

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need. Visit

  • Course Seeker to search and compare higher education courses.
  • ComparED to compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes.

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

Filter Skills & Knowledge

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.

  6. Engineering and technology

    66% Skill level

    Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

  7. English language

    65% Skill level

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  8. Physics

    65% Skill level

    The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.

  9. Education and training

    60% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  10. Administration and management

    59% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  11. Customer and personal service

    54% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  12. Computers and electronics

    53% Skill level

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  13. Psychology

    50% Skill level

    Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

  14. Law and government

    49% Skill level

    How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

  15. Sales and marketing

    49% Skill level

    Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

  16. Clerical

    49% Skill level

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

  17. Mechanical

    47% Skill level

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  18. Technical design

    41% Skill level

    Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

  19. Communications and media

    38% Skill level

    Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.

  20. Public safety and security

    38% Skill level

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Critical thinking

    61% Skill level

    Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

  2. Reading comprehension

    61% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  3. Writing

    57% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  4. Complex problem solving

    57% Skill level

    Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

  5. Monitoring

    57% Skill level

    Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.

  6. Active learning

    55% Skill level

    Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.

  7. Active listening

    55% Skill level

    Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

  8. Judgment and decision making

    55% Skill level

    Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.

  9. Speaking

    54% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  10. Coordination with others

    52% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  11. Time management

    52% Skill level

    Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.

  12. Instructing

    50% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  13. Quality control analysis

    50% Skill level

    Doing tests and checking products, services, or processes to make sure they are working properly.

  14. Systems analysis

    50% Skill level

    Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.

  15. Negotiation

    50% Skill level

    Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.

  16. Persuasion

    50% Skill level

    Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.

  17. Social perceptiveness

    48% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  18. Mathematics

    45% Skill level

    Using maths to solve problems.

  19. Science

    45% Skill level

    Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

  20. Management of personnel resources

    43% Skill level

    Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Inductive reasoning

    63% Skill level

    Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.

  2. Oral comprehension

    63% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  3. Written comprehension

    63% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  4. Oral expression

    61% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  5. Written expression

    61% Skill level

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  6. Categorising

    59% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  7. Deductive reasoning

    59% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  8. Problem spotting

    59% Skill level

    Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.

  9. Mathematics

    55% Skill level

    Choose the right maths method or formula to solve a problem.

  10. Near vision

    54% Skill level

    See details that are up-close (within a few feet).

  11. Brainstorming

    54% Skill level

    Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.

  12. Sorting or ordering

    54% Skill level

    Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

  13. Working with numbers

    54% Skill level

    Add, subtract, multiply, or divide.

  14. Originality

    52% Skill level

    Come up with unusual or clever ideas, or creative ways to solve a problem.

  15. Speech clarity

    50% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  16. Flexibility of closure

    48% Skill level

    See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.

  17. Selective attention

    46% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  18. Speech recognition

    45% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  19. Colour discrimination

    43% Skill level

    Notice differences between colours, including shades of colour and brightness.

  20. Multitasking

    41% Skill level

    Do two or more things at the same time.

Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  1. Planning and prioritising work

    77% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.

  2. Researching and investigating

    76% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  3. Thinking creatively

    76% Skill level

    Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.

  4. Coordinating the work of a team

    75% Skill level

    Getting members of a group to work together to finish a task.

  5. Making sense of information and ideas

    75% Skill level

    Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.

  6. Monitoring people, processes and things

    75% Skill level

    Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.

  7. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    74% Skill level

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  8. Making decisions and solving problems

    74% Skill level

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  9. Collecting and organising information

    74% Skill level

    Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.

  10. Looking for changes over time

    74% Skill level

    Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  11. Communicating within a team

    72% Skill level

    Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  12. Checking compliance with standards

    69% Skill level

    Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

  13. Leading and encouraging a team

    68% Skill level

    Encouraging and building trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.

  14. Building good relationships

    66% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  15. Communicating with the public

    66% Skill level

    Giving information to the public, business or government by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  16. Guiding and directing staff

    66% Skill level

    Guiding and directing staff, including setting and monitoring performance standards.

  17. Checking for errors or defects

    64% Skill level

    Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.

  18. Documenting or recording information

    63% Skill level

    Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

  19. Estimating amounts, costs and resources

    63% Skill level

    Working out sizes, distances, amounts, time, costs, resources, or materials needed for a task.

  20. Working with computers

    53% Skill level

    Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
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.

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

Filter Work Environment

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.

  6. Contact with people

    88% Important

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  7. Being exact or accurate

    84% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  8. Letters and memos

    82% Important

    Write letters and memos.

  9. Time pressure

    80% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  10. Wear common protective or safety equipment

    78% Important

    Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.

  11. Freedom to make decisions

    77% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  12. Unstructured work

    75% Important

    Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

  13. Lead or coordinate a team

    73% Important

    Lead others to do work activities.

  14. Health and safety of others

    71% Important

    Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.

  15. Responsible for outcomes

    71% Important

    Take responsibility for the results of other people's work.

  16. Spend time sitting

    71% Important

    Spend time sitting at work.

  17. Competition

    70% Important

    Compete with others, or be aware of competitive pressures.

  18. Impact of decisions

    68% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  19. Contact with the public

    66% Important

    Work with customers or the public.

  20. Loud or uncomfortable sounds

    65% Important

    Be exposed to noises and sounds that are distracting or uncomfortable.

Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.

  1. Achievement

    71% Important

    Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

  2. Support

    71% Important

    Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.

  3. Recognition

    67% Important

    Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.

  4. Working conditions

    64% Important

    Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.

  5. Independence

    62% Important

    Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.

  6. Relationships

    62% Important

    Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.

Interests

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  1. Analytical

    100% Important

    Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.

  2. Practical

    76% Important

    Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

  3. Administrative

    62% Important

    Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.

  4. Creative

    43% Important

    Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.

  5. Enterprising

    33% Important

    Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.

  6. Helping

    19% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

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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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