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Food Technologists


Food technologists, sometimes known as food scientists and food and flavor chemists, study the physical, chemical, and biological composition of food. They develop methods for safely processing, preserving, and packaging food and search for ways to improve its flavor and nutritional value. They also conduct tests to ensure that products, from fresh produce to packaged meals, meet industry and government standards. Approximately 14,900 food technologists are employed in the United States.

Salary Range

$25,000 to $100,000+

Minimum Education Level

Bachelor's Degree




Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Personality Traits

Hands On



Career Ladder
Research Manager, or Food-Marketing Specialist, or Plant Director

Food Technologist

Assistant, or Junior Chemist, or Assistant Production Manager

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