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Food Science Technician

Examine food under a microscope to check for bacteria or nutrients.

What does a Food Science Technician do?

Don your lab coat and grab a microscope. As a Food Science Technician, you work in a lab, studying food components. You measure bacteria levels, evaluate food production techniques, and assist Food Scientists with research experiments.

Are you familiar with the FDA nutritional labels? Well, Food Science Technicians are the people who come up with the amount of fat, sugar, vitamins, and protein in foods found in grocery store shelves. Food Science Technicians do that by conducting tests on foods, evaluating the results, and establishing the nutritional content.

In addition, you determine and record the size, weight, color, texture, and even taste of foods and drinks. You also measure the amount of preservatives and other additives, and chart your findings. You do this to ensure that people know what is going on with the food they eat.

When a food sample is sent in, you stick it under a microscope and perform a variety of chemical tests to evaluate the level of harmful elements, such as bacteria. This is a key component in ensuring the safety of our food supply. If you discover a sample containing unhealthy bacteria or disease, an investigation can locate the cause before that food is trucked all over the nation.

Your lab might stand alone, but it could also be located within a production facility. Say, for example, you’re employed by a dairy farm. You work on site, inspecting the milking machines, emptying milk jugs, and testing the cultures of the processed milk.

Whether you work on site or off, you report any findings and confirm conclusive results. And on top of all that, you also maintain inventory and restock supplies in the lab as necessary.