Food Science Technician

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Most Common Education Levels

** This graph is based on U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data and offers a snapshot (based on a statistical sample) of the actual education and training levels of those persons who are currently working in this career. It does not necessarily reflect the education or training that an employer may require of a new hire. **

Current Entry Requirements

Employers prefer to hire entry-level food science technicians who have an associate's or bachelor's degree in areas such as food science, nutrition, agriculture, biology, chemistry, or a related field. Especially for those who aspire to work up to a supervisory position, a bachelor's degree in one of these areas is important.

Communication skills also are valuable because food science technicians need to be able to report their findings both orally and in writing. They also should be able to work well with others. Because computers often are used in research and development laboratories, food science technicians also should have strong computer skills, especially in computer modeling.

Organizational ability and skill in interpreting scientific results is important as well, as are high mechanical aptitude, attention to detail, and analytical thinking.

The "Education & Training - Find Programs" section for this career includes links to some two-year and four-year colleges and universities that offer education and training programs useful in preparing for this career. Additional education and training opportunities may be available through other local community and four-year colleges in your state.

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Career Snapshot

Typical Education:

High School or GED (HS)
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Percent Job Growth:

5% - Slower than average
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Typical Wages:

Annual: $29,700 - $47,980

Hourly: $14 - $23