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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 Technologist/Scientist

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

Entry Requirements

Usually a degree in Food Technology, Food Science or similar. HNC or HND in an appropriate subjcet is acceptable. Biology and Chemistry at Higher are usually required. It is possible to enter at a lower level with National 5’s in science subjects and become a Laboratory Technician or Assistant. Apprenticeships available.

Skills Required

• Communication
• Analytical
• Teamwork
• Attention to detail

Typical Day

Your day-to-day tasks will vary.

  • In the laboratory, you may analyse food and nutritional content.
  • Attend team meetings to discuss new products and processing methods.
  • Visit a supermarket to ensure correct storing methods are being followed.
  • Advise those in the production line of hygiene requirements.
  • Put together correct labelling of product.
  • Back in the office, quoting for the orders.

Working Hours, Patterns and Environment

A laboratory or food factory. Always exceptionally clean to avoid contamination. May involve travelling from warehouses to factories and supermarkets.

Career Path

There is possible progression to team leader, technical director and eventually to senior management as a key role in food production. Promotion will be improved with registration with the Institute of Food Science and Technology.

Katrina Robb

A really rewarding industry

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Katrina Robb , Farrier
Stuart Lowe

No such thing as an average day

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