One of the newly emerging fields, food technology trains students in subjects like Food Science, Chemistry, Biotechnology, Biology, Nutrition and their applications in manufacturing high-quality food. In the highly competitive food technology industry, skills to innovate and invent make a huge difference. Here’s an insight into the career of a food technologist.
Who are food technologists?
Food technologists are professionals who take care of the production of food products and make sure the process is safe, legal and quality claimed. They can be involved in the manufacturing and developing process, coming up with new food products and assisting in making food trends successful. It will also involve them in relationship building with suppliers and customers alongside making a profitable business.
- Modification and development of food products.
- Obtaining raw materials from suppliers.
- Product development, launching new items and conducting trials.
- Researching consumer market.
- Working on packaging technology.
- Working hours.
The working hours can vary depending on the nature of the company and their working structure. But in India, working hours in Government and Private sectors are 9 am to 5 pm from Monday to Friday. There are also part-time jobs available in this sector and one can pick up shifts according to their schedule.
Food Technologists can opt for a course in Food Technology. Courses in Food Technology include B.Sc (Food Technology), M.Sc (Food Technology). After completing M.Sc, once can go for PhD in Food Technology and pursue research.
The average salary package after a Bachelor’s degree in Food technology is 3 to 3.5 lakhs per annum. It may increase with performance and work experience. It is advised to pursue an M.Sc in Food Technology or similar subjects to score an average salary of 4 to 5 lakhs per annum in private and government sectors.
How to get admission in B.Sc/M.Sc in Food Technology at LPU
Pass with 60% aggregate marks in 10+2 (with English, Physics, Chemistry, and Maths or Biology or Biotechnology or Food Processing as vocational subject) or equivalent, subject to qualifying LPUNEST
In case marks scored in 10+2 are 80% or above, then LPUNEST will be exempted and the candidate may apply for admission. For a candidate who has not studied English as a subject, the condition of English may be waived off provided the candidate in his qualifying exam has studied in English medium.