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career opportunities in food technology (f.tech) .


Career opportunities in food technology (food tech.)

Food is the most essential part of our life, without food we cannot survive. Everyday we need food and consume food differently. Food technology deals with blend of chemical , physical or microbiological techniques and process for transforming raw ingredients into food. Food technology is a  four (4) year program.  The experts behind the new ideas and flavors for variety of food products that we consume today are known as food technologist . Maintaining the food quality and checking its processing and manufacturing is the role of food technologists. Their responsibility is to ensure that quality of healthy food.  In India, there are different food technology courses available at undergraduate, postgraduate, doctorate, diploma levels for the students seeking a career in food technology. Some of India’s popular food technology courses are B.Tech in Food technology, B.Sc Food Technology, M.Tech in Food Technology, M.Sc Food Technology, etc. 

As deep as we go into the dimensions of food technology, we require professionals in this field. And, this has led to the emergence of food technology courses. There are a plethora of opportunities for students who wish to pursue a course in food technology. Graduates or postgraduates in the course can seek jobs in different domains such as restaurants, catering establishments, hospitals, food processing companies, etc.


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Eligibility to become food technologist:

Student and candidates should have passed 12th  from a institution with PCBM ( physics, chemistry , biology and mathematics ) as most important and major subject. Basic eligibility of 45% marks in 12th or equivalent ( relaxation rules apply for different categories and depend on college to college)

For  admission in B.Tech and Diploma in food technology , student need to have a passing certificate of 10+2 or equivalent from a recognized institution.

For students and candidates of M.Sc  in food technology, a bachelor degree certificate from recognized institution is a mandatory document with a minimum 50%  aggregate.

All valid scorecard of an entrance exam ( if applicable ) may be required.


Skills required for food technology :

Let us first understand the professional competencies required. A professional in Food Technology ensures that all the products are produced keeping in mind the safety and quality standards. Moreover, as a Food Technology expert, you are required to be academically sound and highly skilled to develop manufacturing processes and recipes of food and drink products. Below is a list of essential skills for building a career in Food Technology:

  • Interest in Food Science
  • Problem Solving Ability
  • Excellent Organizational Skills
  • Sound Technical Knowledge
  • Research Skills
  • Scientific & analytical reasoning ability
  • Interest in Health and Nutrition
  • Time Management
  • Awareness of Consumer Market


Food Technology Courses

From B.Sc Food Technology to  there are a plethora of opportunities from UG to PG level to choose from. Not only restricted to degree courses but there are various diploma and certification Food Technology courses available. Some of them have been tabulated below:

Food Technology Courses after 10th

  • Diploma in Food and Nutrition 
  • Certificate in Food and Nutrition
  • Graduate Diploma in Food Science
  • Graduate Certificate in Food Science

Food Technology Courses after 12th

  • BSc food technology
  • Food Science (B.Sc.)
  • Bachelor of Science in Food Processing Technology
  • B.sc Food Science and Quality Control
  • B.sc(Hons.) in Food Technology
  • B.sc(Hons.) in Food Science and Technology
  • B.E. in Food Technology
  • B.E. in Food Technology and Bio-Chemical Engineering
  • B. Tech Food Technology 
  • B.Tech. in Food Science

Masters Level Courses

  • M.A. in Food Nutrition
  • MSc food technology 
  • M.Sc. in Food Science and Technology
  • M.Sc. in Microbial and Food Technology
  • M.Tech. in Food Technology
  • M.E. in Food Technology
  • M.E. in Processing and Food Engineering
  • MTech in Food Engineering and Technology
  • M.Tech in Food Technology
  • M.Tech in Food and Nutrition
  • MTech in Food Biotechnology
  • PG Diploma in Food Analysis and Quality Control

Doctoral Level Courses

  • Ph D in Food Technology
  • Ph D in Food Engineering and Technology
  • PhD in Food Science and Technology
  • PhD in Food and Diary Technology
  • Ph D in Food Biotechnology
  • PhD in Agriculture and Food Security


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Scope of food technology in India:

Over the last decades, the world is witnessing great progress in the food sector; therefore, the demand for Food Science and Technology professionals has been increasing. With the growing new technologies, this sector is growing as a big market in countries like India. Using chemistry, microbiology, engineering, and other sciences, the food technician becomes a need for the food market. Below, we have mentioned the type of Food Science and Technology professionals: 

1.      Research Scientist: A research scientist carries out various experiments using chemistry, microbiology, engineering, and other sciences that lead to improved yield, flavor, nutrition, and general acceptability of the packaged food. 

2.      Food Inspector/ Quality Controller: The main job of a food inspector/ a quality controller is to ensure the quality of food produced is maintained. A food inspector runs a variety of tests on both packaging and the food and ensures that the food that the people consume is safe.

3.      Lab Technician: The lab technician is mainly responsible for providing all technical support needed to enable the lab to function effectively. They are bound to perform tasks like sampling, testing, measuring, as well as analyzing results.

4.      Organic Chemist: Organic chemists recommend methods by which raw materials are converted into processed food.

5.      Biochemist: The role of a biochemist is similar to the role of an organic chemist. They suggest improvements in food quality, texture, flavor, storage, etc. 

6.      Food Engineer: Those who have completed B.Tech in Food Technology can opt to become a Food Engineer. An engineer in the food industry is required to plan, design, improve, and maintain the processing systems. 

7.      Food Product Development Director: A food product development director helps in the preservation and packaging of food items. 

8.      Managers and Accountants: After pursuing a degree in Food Technology, one can also become a manager or accountant in various food production companies. They are mainly responsible for supervising the processing work. Apart from this, a manager also manages the administration and finances affair of food production.  

9.      Home Economist: A home economist is an expert in nutrition and dietetics. They also test the food and recipes as per the directions mentioned on the containers.