Food technologists develop and improve existing food products and set standards for producing, packaging and marketing food. The job duties of a food technologist include ensure safe and hygienic conditions are maintained during processing, storage and packaging of food; check raw ingredients and processed food for nutritional value, safety and quality; or check food for colour, texture and taste to ensure products meet government regulations and standards.
Food Technologists may work in industries such as meat, dairy, seafood, cereal products, confectionery, snack foods, beverages, and minimally processed fresh product.
To become a food technologist you usually have to study nutrition, dietetics, food science or food technology at University level. Sometimes relevant experience or on-the-job training is also required.