With a food science qualification you can pursue a career in food safety, nutritional analysis, quality management, product development and more.
What is food science?
Food science is all about large-scale food manufacturing. It uses chemistry, microbiology, engineering and other sciences to study all aspects of food. It involves using laboratory techniques to improve the taste, nutrition, safety, and shelf life of processed foods.
Food science also looks at the production, processing, packaging and marketing of a range of food products.
What do food scientists do actually do?
Food scientists use analytical techniques to test properties of food including nutritional value, flavour, and levels of various substances. They test foods to provide product information, ensure the safety of food products and ensure that food manufacturing processes meet government and industry standards.
Food scientists explore and develop new products, manufacturing methods and conduct sensory evaluation of products. They can also investigate and set safety and quality standards for production, packaging and marketing.
Evaluating the nutritional value of foods is a vital aspect of food science. Nutritionists specialise in studying the health aspects of food as well as food composition, consumption and regulation.
Fast fact: More than 70,000 people are employed in the food industry in Victoria and it’s the largest manufacturing industry in the state.
Where do food science and technology specialists work?
Food scientists can work in:
- large scale manufacturing (processing, manufacturing, packaging, management),
- office environments (marketing),
- laboratories (research and analysis, development of new products, quality assurance),
- government departments/regulatory bodies (food standards, dietary studies), and
- educational institutions (public health programs).
What type of person do I need to be?
A career in food science and technology may be for you, if you:
- have an interest in food,
- have good problem-solving, organisation and observation skills,
- enjoy science,
- show initiative, and
- have good attention to detail.