Explore Careers Think Career Profile Food Scientist Holland Code: Think Everything in food is science. The only subjective part is when you eat it. Alton Brown In A Nutshell I conduct and help with research involving food. I use my knowledge of chemistry and biology to improve the production or processing of food. I create reports and make suggestions for companies so they can increase how nutritional their food is while keeping their costs down. Swipe Potential Salary Range $38,000 - 74,000 Annually Which provinces would this job be in? AB Alberta BC British Columbia MB Manitoba NB New Brunswick NL Newfoundland & Labrador NS Nova Scotia ON Ontario PEI Prince Edward Island QC Quebec SK Saskwatchewan My work is split between the lab and office. The lab is where I do most of the actual data collection and research, and is very hands-on. The office is where I do data analysis and write reports, which is a very different environment from the lab. Workplace Indoor Job Requirements & Duties Do experiments on ingredients or products to test for safety and nutrition Decide on what processes to use to preserve various foods based on their chemistry Figure out ways to improve products based on their nutrition, shelf life, or packaging Determine the nutritional value of products for packaging Organize sensory tests to get feedback on flavour and texture Write reports about the results of experiments and suggest how companies should move forward with their production Education & Training A university degree in food science, food technology, or a related field is required for this job. A masters degree would be a valuable edge up on competition. 100all Job Outlook The outlook for this job is considered fair; while experts are predicting that there will be many jobs in this field becoming available, there will be lots of competition for those jobs. Related School Subjects Science Ed. Prof. et Tech. Career Education What words come to mind when thinking about this career? Nutrition Chemistry Research Experimenting Food Important Skills Detail-Oriented The goal as a food scientist is to make discoveries and investigations about food. Having a scientific or research-minded way of thinking is definitely an important part of the job. Artboard 32@5x Problem Solving Sometimes with food science, answers don’t always appear right away. It’s valuable to be the kind of person who will keep working towards a solution. Detail-Oriented When working with food, it’s often the little details like nuances in smell or taste that make a difference, so being observant with details is a must. interpersonal-man-people-communication-Relation Interpersonal Having professional relationships with people is part of the job, so feeling comfortable communicating with customers, industry experts, and technicians is important. Swipe The Best Things About This Job Are… Pays Well Helps Others Continuous Learning Has Business Perks Making a Difference in the World Similar Careers Dietitian Agricultural Scientist Agriculture & Food Inspector Helpful Links AgCareers.com - Food Science Product Development Food Scientist YouTube - Occupational Video - Food Scientist YouTube - Food Scientist -- Get Ready for Your Career snapAG- Antibiotics in Food snapAG- Food Additives snapAG- Genetic Engineering and Human Health snapAG- GMO Foods Career Glossary Shelf Life Sensory References Average Food Scientist Salary in Canada. (No Date). Food Scientist or Technologist. (No Date). Food Technologist in Canada. (2020). Disclaimer All career information has been gathered from a variety of sources and compiled to provide a general idea as to what each career could entail. Agriculture in the Classroom Canada is committed to doing our best to ensure the information is current and reliable. However, we will not be liable for the accuracy of the information. Please contact us if you notice errors or would like to provide feedback.