As a food scientist you will be studying the physical,chemical and microbiological properties of food and ingredients to make sure they are safe to consume and also find the best way to distribute, process, preserve, and package the food.
Food scientists research new ways to ensure food safety as well as improve the taste and nutrition of the food. Stability and maturity in raw ingredients are checked to ensure products meet required safety standards, quality, and nutrient values.They take charge of inspecting safety compliance with government regulations in regards to sanitation, waste management standards, and quality and work towards the overall improvement of food like texture, flavor, color, chemical composition, convenience and nutritional value.
Studying Physics, Chemistry and biology/ maths at the +2 level and securing a minimum score in these subjects would be a prerequisite for admission into food science courses.
Bsc food science is a 3 year undergraduate program.Admissions to these programs based on entrance exam scores and academic performance in plus two.Note :
Pursuing B. Tech. (Food Science and technology ) for 4 years is another option. admission process is based on JEE entrance examination.
M.Sc in food science is a 2 year post graduate program.Admissions to these programs based on entrance exam scores and academic performance in at the undergraduate level.
Some institutes / Universities offer 1 year Post Graduate Diploma in Food Technology for
Master of Science or an equivalent examination in food science is the basic requirement for PhD.
Requirements for admission into a PG course in one of the top institutions to help you get an overall picture
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A food scientist needs to have a genuine interest in science and they will have to apply scientific thinking and procedures in food preparation and in different stages of its processing.
Food scientists will be using their interpersonal and communication skills to interact with colleagues, authorities as well as with clients.
It's essential for a food scientist to possess good writing skills as they are supposed to write and publish research papers and articles based on their studies. Also they will be presenting their research findings.
Food scientists will be creative enough to develop new recipes and formulas of food and beverages and introduce innovative ideas for better ways of selection, preservation, process, package, and distribution of food.
Food scientists will have to work as a part of team and they are required to closely associated with professionals from other areas too.
A food scientist must possess technical knowledge and skills as they need to use various processing techniques and methods in their field.
Food scientists will use their capacity for attention to detail for monitoring and investigating safety and quality of food and beverages.