Food Technologists develop new and improve existing food products, and set standards for producing, packaging and marketing food.
Tests food products for flavour, colour, taste, texture and nutritional content.
Advises on preserving, processing, packaging, storing and delivering foods.
Develops quality control procedures and safety standards for the manufacture of food products.
JSA produces employment projections to show where likely future job opportunities may be. Employment projections data are only produced for occupations at the broad four digit Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) level. While data are not available for this occupation, projections data are available for the parent occupation, Chemists, and Food and Wine Scientists, under the outlook section.
Earnings and hours
Around 78% of people employed as Food Technologists work full-time hours, in all their jobs combined. This is 12 percentage points above the all jobs average (66%).
Full-time workers work an average of 42 hours per week in their main job. This is similar to the all jobs average (44 hours per week).
Sources:Full-time share and full-time hours: ABS, 2016 Census, customised report. Compared to the all jobs average.
Most Food Technologists work in the Manufacturing industry. They are also employed in industries like:
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report.
Employment across Australia
Employment by State and Territory (% Share)
|State||Food Technologists||All Jobs Average|
Around 79% of Food Technologists live in capital cities, compared with the all jobs average of 62%.
Victoria and New South Wales have a large share of employment relative to their population size.
The regions with the largest share of workers are:
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian states, territories and regions, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age and gender
The median age of Food Technologists is 38 years. This is similar to the all jobs average of 40 years.
A large share of workers are aged 25 to 34 years.
Females make up 67% of the workforce. This is 19 percentage points above the all jobs average of 48%.
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile and gender share compared to the all jobs average.
Age Profile (% Share)
|Age Bracket||Food Technologists||All Jobs Average|
|65 and Over||3.5||4.2|
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Education, training and experience
A bachelor degree in science majoring in food science, food technology, nutrition or another related field is usually needed to work as a Food Technologist.
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Highest Level of Education (% Share)
|Type of Qualification||Food Technologists||All Jobs Average|
|Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate||24.0||10.1|
|Year 10 and below||0.3||12.5|
Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Skills and Knowledge
Employers look for Chemists, and Food and Wine Scientists who can communicate clearly, work well in a team and have strong interpersonal skills.
Skills can be improved through training or experience.
Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.
Reading work related information.
Writing things for co-workers or customers.
57%Complex problem solving
Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.
Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.
Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.
Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
55%Judgment and decision making
Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.
Talking to others.
52%Coordination with others
Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.
Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.
Teaching people how to do something.
50%Quality control analysis
Doing tests and checking products, services, or processes to make sure they are working properly.
Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.
Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.
Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.
Understanding why people react the way they do.
Using maths to solve problems.
Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
43%Management of personnel resources
Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.
These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.
Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.
Plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, how they rely on and work with each other and the environment.
74%Production and processing
Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.
Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.
Planting, growing, and harvesting food (both plant and animal), including storage and handling.
66%Engineering and technology
Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.
English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.
60%Education and training
Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
59%Administration and management
Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.
54%Customer and personal service
Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.
53%Computers and electronics
Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.
49%Law and government
How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.
49%Sales and marketing
Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.
Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
38%Communications and media
Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.
38%Public safety and security
Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.
Workers use these physical and mental abilities..
Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.
Listen to and understand what people say.
Read and understand written information.
Communicate by speaking.
Write in a way that people can understand.
Come up with different ways of grouping things.
Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.
Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.
Choose the right maths method or formula to solve a problem.
See details that are up-close (within a few feet).
Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.
54%Sorting or ordering
Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
54%Working with numbers
Add, subtract, multiply, or divide.
Come up with unusual or clever ideas, or creative ways to solve a problem.
Speak clearly so others can understand you.
48%Flexibility of closure
See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.
Pay attention to something without being distracted.
Identify and understand the speech of another person.
Notice differences between colours, including shades of colour and brightness.
Do two or more things at the same time.
These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.
77%Planning and prioritising work
Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.
76%Researching and investigating
Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.
Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.
75%Coordinating the work of a team
Getting members of a group to work together to finish a task.
75%Making sense of information and ideas
Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.
75%Monitoring people, processes and things
Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.
74%Keeping your knowledge up-to-date
Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.
74%Making decisions and solving problems
Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.
74%Collecting and organising information
Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.
74%Looking for changes over time
Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.
72%Communicating within a team
Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.
69%Checking compliance with standards
Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
68%Leading and encouraging a team
Encouraging and building trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.
66%Building good relationships
Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.
66%Communicating with the public
Giving information to the public, business or government by telephone, in writing, or in person.
66%Guiding and directing staff
Guiding and directing staff, including setting and monitoring performance standards.
64%Checking for errors or defects
Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.
63%Documenting or recording information
Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
63%Estimating amounts, costs and resources
Working out sizes, distances, amounts, time, costs, resources, or materials needed for a task.
53%Working with computers
Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
Interests and demands
Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.
Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.
Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.
Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.
Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.
Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.
Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.
Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.
Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.
Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.
Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.
Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.
Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.
Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.
Use electronic mail.
Talk on the telephone.
Talk with people face-to-face.
92%Indoors, heat controlled
Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.
Work with people in a group or team.
88%Contact with people
Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.
84%Being exact or accurate
Be very exact or highly accurate.
82%Letters and memos
Write letters and memos.
Work to strict deadlines.
78%Wear common protective or safety equipment
Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.
77%Freedom to make decisions
Have freedom to make decision on your own.
Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.
73%Lead or coordinate a team
Lead others to do work activities.
71%Health and safety of others
Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.
71%Responsible for outcomes
Take responsibility for the results of other people's work.
71%Spend time sitting
Spend time sitting at work.
Compete with others, or be aware of competitive pressures.
68%Impact of decisions
Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.
66%Contact with the public
Work with customers or the public.
65%Loud or uncomfortable sounds
Be exposed to noises and sounds that are distracting or uncomfortable.
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