Responsibilities of a Food Scientist

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Responsibilities of aFood Scientist

Food scientists create different ways of processing foods so they are better and safer for the consumer. Food scientists also focus on different ways to package food so it is healthier for the consumer. Earnings vary depending on education and experience.

 

Research

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  • Food scientists do research on a daily basis to ensure that the best quality is being processed in regards to harvesting, soils, plants and fertilizers. Food scientists also ensure that the agricultural productivity is producing to standard for food safety. Agricultural study would consist of research done on crops and animals to improve the quality of food as well as the health of the animals. Scientist also study formulas such as salt levels, certain ingredients in preparation of foods as well as chemical procedures. They help in preparing slides with cell cultures to study through a microscope. Food scientists aid in recording and compiling test results, and the preparation of graphs, charts and reports.

Development 

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  • Several food scientists research or focus on development only throughout their career. Many agricultural scientists work in basic or applied research and development. Basic research seeks to understand the biological and chemical processes by which crops and livestock grow, they learn how plants grow through certain genes in the plant. Working in development will help assure the quality and quantity of safe products.

Processing

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  • Many food scientists chose to work in the food processing industry, and generally work with the federal government to create and improve food products for the consumer. They also help to develop ways to store, package and deliver food through travel. Many scientists also study plants to help produce food, feed for animals and crops to help create a better quality product. Some food scientists study how the breeding and management of crops and the study of genetic engineering can help develop crops that are resistant to pests and disease.

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