Food Safety Officer/Hygiene Inspector
In Scotland, Food Safety Officers have to meet the requirements of the Scottish Food Safety Officers Registration Board. A degree in Food Science or Technology is usually required. A relevant HND is required for Higher Certificates in Food Premises Inspection and Food Standards. All levels require professional training and recognition and continuing professional development.
From an office base, visit premises that are processing or selling food.
Inspect premises where food is being produced or prepared.
Take samples and send them for analysis.
Write reports in your office.
Follow up complaints.
Discuss case load with team members.
Working Hours, Patterns and Environment
In an office but visiting food producing premises. evening and weekends work may be required.
Progression to senior management is possible or to become a self-employed consultant. There are higher salaries in private companies than the public sector.