Food Chemist

Food chemists sometimes called food scientists are in charge of conducting research and performing analyses on the nutritional content of foods and beverages to make sure they meet required specifications and are in compliance with prevailing standards and laws. They carry out research to evaluate the safety of ingredients such as additives and preservatives and in some cases they develop new methods and technologies for processing packaging freezing canning brewing or distilling foods and beverages. Many food chemists specialize in a certain type of food or a particular aspect of food or beverage processing. They must know how to operate laboratory equipment such as emulsifiers. In addition they must be capable of conducting statistical analyses on their research data using computer software and of performing mathematical calculations as well as writing reports or orally presenting the results of their studies. They often work on teams so they must have good communication skills. According to the website most jobs in the food industry call for at least a bachelor’s degree in food science or chemistry. For academic jobs at colleges and universities individuals usually need a Ph.D. degree in food science or chemistry. Food chemists are in high demand and job prospects are excellent. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the average annual salary for food chemists is approximately $65000 but with experience they can earn over $100000.

Education Required: Bachelor's Degree
Avg Salary: $82500
High Salary: $100000
Low Salary: $65000
Tasks: Works to improve the safety of food.
Analyzes the nutritional value of food.
Conducts research on food products.
Compiles data found during laboratory testing.
Also Called: Food Scientist
Food Technician
Food Technologist
Food Research Technician
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