Details Report for:
19-4013.00 - Food Science Technicians
Work with food scientists or technologists to perform standardized qualitative and quantitative tests to determine physical or chemical properties of food or beverage products. Includes technicians who assist in research and development of production technology, quality control, packaging, processing, and use of foods.
Sample of reported job titles: Central Lab Technician (CLT), Food Science Technician, Laboratory Assistant (Lab Assistant), Quality Analyst, Quality Assurance Analyst (QA Analyst), Quality Control Technician (QC Technician), Quality Technician
Tasks | Technology Skills | Tools Used | Knowledge | Skills | Abilities | Work Activities | Detailed Work Activities | Work Context | Job Zone | Education | Credentials | Interests | Work Styles | Work Values | Related Occupations | Wages & Employment | Job Openings | Additional Information
|Not available||Not available|
- Analytical or scientific software — SAS
- Application server software — Oracle WebLogic; Red Hat WildFly
- Data base user interface and query software — Database software; Microsoft Access ; Microsoft SQL Server ; Structure query language SQL
- Electronic mail software — IBM Lotus Notes; Microsoft Outlook
- Enterprise application integration software — IBM WebSphere
- Enterprise resource planning ERP software — SAP software
- Graphical user interface development software — Graphical user interfaces GUI
- Graphics or photo imaging software — Graphics software; Microsoft Visio
- Object or component oriented development software — Apache Jmeter
- Office suite software — Microsoft Office
- Operating system software — Linux
- Presentation software — Microsoft PowerPoint
- Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel
- Web platform development software — Apache Struts
- Word processing software — Microsoft Word
Hot Technology — a technology requirement frequently included in employer job postings.
- Anaerobic jars or accessories — Anaerobic jars
- Bench scales — Precision scales
- Benchtop centrifuges
- Binocular light compound microscopes — Compound binocular light microscopes
- Chemical absorption gas analyzers — Gas analyzers
- Colorimeters — Color testing equipment
- Decontamination shower — Safety showers
- Desktop computers
- Dropping pipettes
- Electronic counters — Colony counters
- Electronic toploading balances
- Extracting equipment for laboratories — Distilling equipment; Siphons
- Eyewashers or eye wash stations — Eyewash fountains
- Fire extinguishers
- Fluorescent microscopes
- Forced air or mechanical convection general purpose incubators — Laboratory mechanical convection incubators
- Fume hoods or cupboards — Fume hoods
- Gas burners — Bunsen burners
- Goggles — Safety goggles
- Handheld thermometer — Dry bulb thermometers; Handheld thermometers
- Heating or drying equipment or accessories — Dessicators
- Inoculating devices — Inoculation tubes
- Lab coats — Laboratory coats
- Laboratory balances
- Laboratory beakers
- Laboratory blenders or emulsifiers — Laboratory blenders
- Laboratory burets — Laboratory glass burets
- Laboratory clamps
- Laboratory flasks — Erlenmeyer flasks
- Laboratory funnels
- Laboratory hotplates — Laboratory hot plates
- Laboratory knives
- Laboratory mechanical convection ovens — Hot air ovens; Laboratory convection ovens
- Laboratory mills — Grinders
- Laboratory mixers
- Laboratory separators — Laboratory strainers
- Laboratory stirring rods
- Laboratory tongs
- Laser printers
- Magnetic spin bars or stir bars or stirring beads — Magnetic stir bars
- Magnetic stirrers
- Magnetic tools — Magnetic retrievers
- Metal detectors
- Microbiology analyzers — Bioluminometers
- Microplate readers — Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay ELISA plate readers; Microwell readers
- Microscope slides
- Moisture balances
- Moisture meters
- Multipurpose or general test tubes — General purpose laboratory test tubes
- Notebook computers
- Optical diffraction apparatus — Particle size testing equipment
- Pasteur or transfer pipettes — Pasteur pipettes
- Personal computers
- Pestle or mortars — Mortars and pestles
- Petri plates or dishes — Petri dishes
- pH meters — Universal indicators
- Protective gloves — Safety gloves
- Psychrometers — Wet bulb thermometers
- Remote reading thermometers — Temperature probes
- Specialty plates for bacteria — Agar plates
- Steam autoclaves or sterilizers — Steam autoclaves; Steam sterilizers
- Triple beam balances
- Ultraviolet UV lamps — Ultraviolet UV lights
- Vacuum ovens
- Viscosimeters — Viscosity testing equipment; Zhan cups
- Water analysis systems — Water activity meters
- Water baths — Boiling water baths
- Record research or operational data.
- Test quality of materials or finished products.
- Evaluate quality of materials or products.
- Measure physical or chemical properties of materials or objects.
- Analyze chemical compounds or substances.
- Clean objects.
- Maintain laboratory or technical equipment.
- Research methods to improve food products.
- Train personnel in technical or scientific procedures.
- Prepare biological samples for testing or analysis.
- Prepare compounds or solutions for products or testing.
- Examine characteristics or behavior of living organisms.
- Manage scientific or technical project resources.
- Supervise laboratory work.
|Title||Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed|
|Education||Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.|
|Related Experience||Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.|
|Job Training||Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.|
|Job Zone Examples||These occupations usually involve using communication and organizational skills to coordinate, supervise, manage, or train others to accomplish goals. Examples include hydroelectric production managers, travel guides, electricians, agricultural technicians, barbers, court reporters, and medical assistants.|
|SVP Range||(6.0 to < 7.0)|
Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
|19-4043.00||Geological Technicians, Except Hydrologic Technicians|
|29-2012.00||Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians Bright Outlook|
|43-5111.00||Weighers, Measurers, Checkers, and Samplers, Recordkeeping|
|51-9061.00||Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers|
Wages & Employment Trends
Median wage data for Agricultural and Food Science Technicians.
Employment data for Agricultural and Food Science Technicians.
Industry data for Agricultural and Food Science Technicians.
|Median wages (2020)||$20.18 hourly, $41,970 annual|
|Employment (2020)||26,600 employees|
|Projected growth (2020-2030)||Average (5% to 10%)|
|Projected job openings (2020-2030)||3,700|
|Top industries (2020)||
Manufacturing (37% employed in this sector)
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2020 wage data and 2020-2030 employment projections . "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2020-2030). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.
Job Openings on the Web
Sources of Additional Information
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- American Chemical Society
- American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists
- American Society for Quality
- American Society of Agronomy
- American Society of Animal Science
- American Society of Brewing Chemists
- AOAC International
- Brewers Association
- Institute of Food Technologists
- Master Brewers Association of the Americas
- Occupational Outlook Handbook: Agricultural and food science technicians
- Research Chefs Association
- Soil Science Society of America