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Description: A food processor sees the production of raw ingredients into a finished meal, usually in a factory environment. You may be freezing, canning, baking, drying, cooking, chilling or pasteurising ingredients and products.
Salary: £13000.00 to £20000.00 average per year
Hours: 38-40 hours per week, sometimes on a shift system.
Description: You will be advising food processors on the safe presentation, preparation and storage of food. You will investigate food related illnesses and inspect food producing premises.
Salary: £20000.00 to £60000.00 average per year
Hours: 40 per week but sometimes evening and weekends work may be required.
Description: Food Technologists work mainly in food and drink production. They might oversee the content of a product, analyse its nutritional value, source its ingredients, oversee its production methods and labelling. They will also ensure safety standards, safe storing methods and hygiene in the production process.
Salary: £18000.00 to £65000.00 average per year
Hours: 40 hour week with some shift work
Description: You will be planning and selecting fresh food from producers to sell in retail outlets. You will take into account market trends and quality of the product. You will visit your suppliers regularly to ensure standards are maintained and the product remains competitive.
Salary: £18000.00 to £60000.00 average per year
Hours: Normally 9.00- 5.00 Monday – Friday but may have extended hours due to the need to travel to suppliers.

Food Production Processor/Operative

Description: A food processor sees the production of raw ingredients into a finished meal, usually in a factory environment. You may be freezing, canning, baking, drying, cooking, chilling or pasteurising ingredients and products.
Salary: £13000.00 to £20000.00 average per year
Hours: 38-40 hours per week, sometimes on a shift system.

Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements. But an appropriate qualification in food technology or similar is advisable for career progression. National 5’s in English, Maths and a Science is also recommended. Apprenticeships are available.

Skills Required

  • follow instructions,
  • teamwork,
  • concentration,
  • understand health and safety issues.

Typical Day

  • Monitor quality of product.
  • Ensure strict hygiene and safety rules are followed.
  • Prepare, mix ingredients according to recipe and company’s guidelines.
  • Receive and store raw ingredients appropriately.
  • Operate food processing equipment.  
  • Package, label and store food appropriately.
  • Maintain cleanliness of working area.  

Working Hours, Patterns and Environment

In a factory, wearing special clothing.

There are also careers in catering in kitchens and restaurants.

Career Path

This could lead to supervisory roles and factory management with increased pay and responsibilities.

Katrina Robb

A really rewarding industry

“It’s important to keep rural jobs going. There are not that many (farrier) apprentices being trained in Scotland, so it would be good to encourage more people to do the job.”
Katrina Robb , Farrier
Stuart Lowe

No such thing as an average day

“There’s no such thing as an average day. It can be anything from ploughing to driving in the grain or repairing dykes and fencing. That’s what keeps it interesting.”
Stuart Lowe , Agricultural Contractor