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Food Technology : Job Prospects & Career Options

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As we live in a world of packaged foods and fast foods that has taken the first seat in the priority list of consumers, prospects in food technology industry is growing fast in India as well as abroad. Food being an essential item for survival, Food Technology has a wide scope in different government and private sectors dealing with food products. One can get jobs in food processing industries, research laboratories, hotels, soft drink factories, rice mills, hospitality industry, packaging industries, manufacturing industries and distilleries. Those with masters and Ph.D degree can work as lecturers in colleges/universities. 

Food processing companies need food technology personnel to work for them in different sections like Production, Quality Assurance, R&D (Research and Development) etc. You can work as a Product Development Manager to devise food products according to the needs of the consumers and effectively put the products in service in an innovative way. You can work as a Sensory scientist or Quality controller to monitor organic properties like aroma, flavour, quality, hygiene and more. Food technologists work in research laboratories or R&D sectors to develop new products, test current ones, and control the overall food quality.

There are private as well as public sectors which provide lucrative job opportunities to Food technologists. In the public sector one can find jobs companies like The Food Corporation of India which handles the purchase, storage, transport and distribution of food grains and other food items, Modern Food Corporation which markets bread, fruit juices, edible oils, soft drink concentrates, North-Eastern Agricultural Marketing Corporation which markets and process fruits and vegetables etc. Major job providers in private sector include Amul, Cadbury, Britannia, Metro Diary, Hindustan Lever, Kellogs, Nestle and such others. The food firms in foreign countries like the United States as well as Australia give special preferences to Indian candidates.

There are many lucrative positions open to food technologists like Quality Assurance Manager, Laboratory Supervisor, Production Manager and food packaging manager.

Production Managers/Supervisors: They are responsible for the entire the processes in the manufacturing of a product, right from the purchase of raw materials to the production of the final product.

Quality Assurance Managers/Supervisors: They are responsible for ensuring the quality of food throughout the whole production process. This includes the quality of raw materials, equipment, finished goods, packaging, processing and storage procedures.

Laboratory Supervisors/Technicians: They carry out or supervise quality tests, such as microbiological and chemical analyses, before any product is released.

Food Packaging Managers/Technologists: They are responsible for the research and development of new food packaging systems and filling equipment.

Research Scientists: They are responsible for the continuing research and development programmes within the industry. Research scientists are employed in a wide variety of projects with Government, Food Research Institutes and Food companies.

Product Development Managers/Technologists: They are responsible for the improvement of the existing food products as well as for the development of new products.

Lecturers and Advisers: They work in a range of posts in the Government sector and in Universities, as college lecturers or in advisory and inspection jobs.

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