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Food Science Technician

Job Summary

Responsible for testing food and liquids to determine physical and chemical properties. Ensures foods comply with FDA standards and regulations.

Primary responsibilities

  • Assist food scientists and technologists to research and experiment on food and liquids in laboratories.
  • Test food and liquids to determine physical and chemical characteristics.
  • Check food for color, consistency, fat content, caloric content, and nutrients.
  • Analyze test results and compare with standard tables of caloric and nutritional content.
  • Examine samples to identify cell structures or to locate bacteria or extraneous material.
  • Mix, boil, cut, blend, separate, or freeze ingredients to make reagents.
  • Work on products and ingredients to manufacture food.
  • Clean, maintain, operate, and sanitize laboratory equipment, such as microscopes and petri dishes.
  • Determine moisture, salt, sugar, or preservative content of food and beverages.
  • Use mathematical and chemical procedures to find percentages of ingredients and formulas.
  • Record or compile test results or prepare graphs, charts, or reports.
  • Test food, food additives, and food containers to ensure they comply with established safety standards
  • Assist with food research, development, and quality control.
  • Ensure food products are fit for distribution.
  • Work to create proper food packaging, including bottles and plastics.
  • Inspect foodstuffs, chemicals, and additives to determine whether they are safe and have the proper combination of ingredients.

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