Science, Technology & Environment
Food technicians conduct research, check production processes and undertake quality checks related to processed food products.
What does a Food Technician do?
Food technicians conduct research, check production processes and undertake quality checks related to processed food products, additives and packaging.
As a food technician, you would:
- assist food scientists and food technologists with developing and testing food products
- check production processes and the quality of food products
- analyse test results and compile relevant documentation
- help to establish standards for food production and packaging
- undertake maintenance and basic repair of laboratory equipment
- order laboratory supplies and keep accurate records.
Key skills and interests
To become a food technician, you would need:
- ability in science and maths
- an interest in food production and preparation
- the ability to work well in a team
- strong attention to detail
- the ability to work with strict health and hygiene rules
- good communication skills, to explain ideas to food scientists and factory staff.
Working hours and conditions
Food technicians usually work standard hours, but in some jobs, shift work is common to cover production runs.
As a food technician you could work in laboratories, research departments, or in quality inspection and control on food processing / production lines.
This could include travelling to warehouses, distribution centres and suppliers’ factories.
How to become an Food Technician?
Entry Level Education
To become a food technician you usually have to complete a VET qualification such as a Diploma of Food Science & Technology. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your senior secondary school certificate or equivalent.
Entry to this occupation may be improved if you have a science degree with a major in food technology, food science or nutrition.
English, mathematics, biology and chemistry would be appropriate subjects to study prior to university.
Job growth for food technicians is expected to be about average.
Growth will be driven by the demand for new food products and food safety measures. Food research is expected to increase because the public is more aware of nutrition, health, and food safety.
Most growth for food technicians will be in private industry, and will grow alongside the demand for food scientists, with whom they work closely.