Career Opportunities In Food Technology

Food Technology is an application of Food Science to select, process, preserve, pack and distributes nutritious and healthy food. Here are the details on how to have a career in this industry:

Job Description:                                           

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A Food Technologist should study the microbial and chemical composition of food, check the raw material, check for contamination and maintain hygienic conditions. They certify the nutritional value of food after checking its quality.

Required Skills:

To be a Food Technologist you should have:

  • Good observation power
  • Scientific way of thinking
  • Interest in health and nutrition
  • Willing to work in a team
  • Effective communication skill
  • Interest in technical development of food

Eligibility:

Food Technology offers a degree in Graduate and Post Graduate level.

  • A pass in Class XII with Physics, Chemistry or Math can opt for a graduation in Food Technology
  • Those who have done B. Sc in Physics, Mathematics, Biology and Chemistry or a B. Tech in Food Technology can pursue a Masters Degree in Food Technology
  • A graduate in Home Science, Nutrition, Dietetics and Hotel Management can also opt for a career in Food Technology

Job Prospects:

After completing a degree in Food Technology, you may get a job as Food Inspector or Health Inspector in Public sector undertakings. Several opportunities are available in Food Processing companies, hotels, restaurants, research laboratories, educational institutions and Government bodies.

Career Option:

Food industry offers a variety of roles and positions to professionals:

  • Food technologists preserve process and conserve food items
  • Research scientist works for enhancing the nutritive value of food
  • Engineers plan, design, maintain and improve the entire     processing system.
  • Biochemists check flavor, texture, storage, quality of packaged food products
  • Analytic chemist checks the quality of food and beverages.

Colleges and institutes in India:

There are several colleges offering courses in Food Technology at graduate level:

  • University Of Delhi, Delhi
  • University Of Calcutta, Calcutta
  • Chitrakoot Gramodaya Vishwavidyalaya, Madhya Pradesh
  • Kanpur University, Kanpur
  • Manipur University, Imphal
  • University Of Calcutta, Calcutta
  • Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marabwada University, Aurangabad
  • University Of Madras, Chennai

Courses offered at Post Graduate level:

  • University Of Mysore (After Home Science)
  • Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore
  • University Of Mumbai, Institute Of Chemical Technology, Matunga, Mumbai
  • Central Food Technological Research Institute, Chelumba Mansion, Mysore
  • Jadavpur University, Calcutta

Remuneration:

Based on the educational qualification, experience and skills, companies offer various salary packages. Initially, professionals can get a salary between Rs.8, 000-12,000. Experienced professionals may get a salary ranging between Rs.15, 000-25,000.

Top Companies:

  • Top food processing companies in India are:
  • Godrej Industrial Limited
  • Britannia Industries Ltd
  • Amul
  • Dabur India Ltd
  • Milkfood
  • MTR Foods limited
  • ITC Limited
  • Agro Tech Foods
  • PepsiCo India Holdings
  • Parle Products Pvt Ltd
  • Cadbury India Ltd
  • Nestle India Pvt Ltd
  • Hindustan Lever Limited

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