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Food Scientist

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€28k > 55
Food Scientist
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€28 - 55
Related Information:
Food Microbiologist: 28 - 55
Food Chemist: 28 - 45
Data Source(s):
Morgan McKinley

Last Updated: July, 2015

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
Shortage Indicator

-2%
Occupational Category

Chemical, Biological & Physical Scientists

Also included in this category:

Analytical chemists; industrial chemists; biomedical scientists; forensic scientists; microbiologists; geologists; medical physicists; meteorologists

Number Employed:

7,000

Part time workers: 3%
Aged over 55: 8%
Male / Female: 45 / 55%
Non-Nationals: 12%
With Third Level: 95%
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At a Glance... header image

Analyse the properties of food and the effects of processing, freezing and storing food.


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The Work header image

The terms 'Food Scientist' and 'Food Technologist' are often interchanged.  
The Scientist is concerned with the fundamental nature of things, including the biological materials that constitute foods. The Technologist puts knowledge to work in a practical way to produce food, using engineering and biology and other sciences.  
 
Foodstuffs are mostly very complex and subject to changes, so the Technologist must work very closely with the Scientist. Scientists study the composition of food, its physical, chemical and biological nature, and the changes it undergoes under various conditions. They work to turn raw materials into appealing food products, efficiently and safely. Scientists may develop new sources of foods and improve existing foods by increasing their nutritional value and storage life, by enhancing their flavour, appearance, and eating quality.  
The Technologist may be involved in research but is more usually employed in the factory in production, development, management and quality control, and ensuring that both science and technology are applied in the best way.  
 
Food Technicians are also required in the running of a modern food factory. They assist the Technologist or Scientist, with a wide range of special techniques in analysis and process control. For example, some foods must be analysed to ensure that their composition is within the legal limits set for the market, where they will be sold.  
 
Quality control is necessary in all food production to provide the consumer with what he/she wants.  
 
Many food scientists and technologists have to consider the environmental impact of their work. They may research new ways to package food, to reduce waste and use materials that can be recycled.  
 
Food scientists and technologists may work in the area of public health and food Inspection, working in a local authority environmental health department.


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Check raw ingredients for maturity or stability for processing and finished products for safety, quality, and nutritional value.

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Inspect food processing areas to ensure compliance with government regulations and standards for sanitation, safety, quality, and waste management standards.

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Evaluate food processing and storage operations and assist in the development of quality assurance programs for such operations.

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Study methods to improve aspects of foods, such as chemical composition, flavor, color, texture, nutritional value, and convenience.

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Stay up-to-date on new regulations and current events regarding food science by reviewing scientific literature.

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Test new products for flavor, texture, color, nutritional content, and adherence to government and industry standards.

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Develop food standards and production specifications, safety and sanitary regulations, and waste management and water supply specifications.

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Develop new or improved ways of preserving, processing, packaging, storing, and delivering foods, using knowledge of chemistry, microbiology, and other sciences.

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Confer with process engineers, plant operators, flavor experts, and packaging and marketing specialists to resolve problems in product development.

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Study the structure and composition of food or the changes foods undergo in storage and processing.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work: Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

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Getting Information: Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

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Thinking Creatively: Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.

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Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others: Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.

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Analyzing Data or Information: Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.

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Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings: Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge: Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Making Decisions and Solving Problems: Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

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Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events: Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.

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Processing Information: Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Production and Processing: Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

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Chemistry: Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.

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Food Production: Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.

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Biology: Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.

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English Language: Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.


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The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Writing: Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

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Monitoring: Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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Complex Problem Solving: Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

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Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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Judgment and Decision Making: Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

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Active Learning: Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

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Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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Time Management: Managing one's own time and the time of others.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

You must be able to solve problems, work in teams and communicate clearly to non-technical colleagues. You will need self-motivation to take responsibility for a food product.  
 
A willingness to learn and develop your knowledge is also important as the technology and industry is constantly changing and improving and you will need to keep up-to-date with latest developments.  
 
The food industry is heavily regulated and you would need to be aware of relevant legislation.


Further Informationheader image

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Address: Head Office, Oak Park, Carlow
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