Science, Technology & Environment

Consumer Scientist

Consumer scientists monitor and analyse consumer trends and preferences which are then used in the design, manufacture and sale of products.

  • Entry-level education

    Bachelor’s degree

  • Job outlook

    1 2 3 4 5

What does a Consumer Scientist do?

Consumer scientists monitor and analyse consumer trends and preferences which are then used in the design, manufacture and sale of products.

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Work activities

As a consumer scientist, you would:

  • research the tastes, needs and preferences of consumers
  • meet with clients to learn about their products or services
  • run focus groups
  • interview customers or consumers
  • write reports on the results of interviews and research
  • present feedback to clients on how they improve the quality, design or popularity of an item or service
  • advise clients on consumer behaviours and trends
  • advise on food safety or consumer protection laws.
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Key skills and interests

To become a consumer scientist, you would need:

  • excellent research ability
  • good people skills
  • presentation skills
  • a high level of communication
  • an analytical mind
  • a creative approach, and an eye for design.
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Working hours and conditions

Working Hours

As a consumer scientist you would work a standard number of hours per week, which may include evenings and weekends.

Conditions

Consumer scientists work in a range of industries such as food product development, education or for the government.You could be based in a laboratory, at a processing plant, in a classroom or in a testing kitchen. You would travel to meet focus groups and clients.

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How to become an Consumer Scientist?

Entry Level Education

To become a consumer scientist, you usually have to complete a bachelor’s degree in commerce, psychology, statistics or marketing. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your senior secondary school certificate or equivalent. English, biology, chemistry, mathematics and physics are appropriate subjects to study prior to university.

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Job outlook

  • 1 2 3 4 5

This is a specialised occupation, and opportunities are likely to grow due to Increased demand by consumers for all types of better products and services.

This increased demand is likely to lead to greater employment prospects for consumer scientists in areas such as food manufacturing, retail, public relations and marketing agencies, government authorities and advisory organisations, and research bodies.

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