I am a student of FYBSc with a combination of the subject Chemistry, Botany and Zoology. I want to know about the career of Food Technology (as a food scientist). I want to know about the scope, eligibility, i.e., which subject should I opt for in my third year. Also, it would be helpful if you tell me the names of the institutes which offer this post graduate course. I am really confused. I hope you will help me out.
We don’t know which subjects are available in your college for TYBSc. But as you want to be into food science, subjects like Food Production and Applied Nutrition would be helpful to you. However, even if you do not take any food science related subject, as you are studying Chemistry and Bioscience subjects, you will be eligible for post graduate courses in food science. You can do a Post Graduate Diploma in Nutrition and Food Technology from Shrimati Nathibai Damodar Thackersey Women’s University (S.N.D.T), Sir Vithaldas Vidyavihar, Juhu, Santa Cruz (West), Mumbai - 400 049. This is a one year full time course.
As a food technologist, you can find jobs with:
q Industries working on the development and processing of food products and services, which convert a raw farm crop into ready-to-use food, according to the demands of the customers like Hindustan Lever, Nestle and Britannia.
q Milk co-operative organisations like Amul.
q Food wholesalers and retailers, hotels, restaurants and other catering establishments like Taj hotels, McDonalds and Taj Air Caterers.
q Organisations like industrial canteens and hospitals
q Food research and development laboratories
The concept of processed foods has caught the imagination of consumers in recent years, because of their enhanced convenience, variety, nutrition and taste. The challenge lies in continuously developing new variations of food items, as well as new processes that will maximise the appeal and shelf life. There is also an increasing demand for new products like ready-to-eat snacks, breakfast cereals, textured vegetables, protein foods and so on. The last few decades have seen a radical change in people's ideas about food and health. The increase in diseases and medical problems has also forced people to improve their dietary habits. As a result of all these, the processed food and related industries are experiencing a healthy growth. Naturally, the scopes for food scientists and technologies are encouraging.