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Food Technologist- Biological Science Career Information

Verbal duets with the doodhwala bhayiyaa is no longer an integral part of the morning ritual. We now have multiple choices like skimmed milk, double toned milk, toned milk, whole milk, flavoured milk, the list goes on and on. Food Technology is the science of processing food items.

What a Food Technologist- Biological Science does

Abilities & Traits Required


• Various Indian universities offer degree courses in Home Science, Food Technology and Food Science. The duration of these courses vary from two to three years. MSc and PhD courses in Food and Nutrition, Home Science, Food Technology and Bio-Technology are also available in various universities and institutes.

• For a BSc in Home Science/Food Technology/Food Science the minimum requirement is 10+2 with Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Maths. For MSc /Management, the eligibility criteria is BSc Home Science graduates or higher degrees in Dietetics/Nutrition and Hotel Management graduates (Food & Beverage) can work as a team in food production industries, marketing, preservation and so on.

• As a Food Technologist you could also do a certificate course in Bakery and Confectionery, Canning and Food Preservation. There are also training institutes offering post-degree courses in specialised aspects of Food Processing.

• The Ministry of Food and Civil Supplies has 33 Food and Nutrition Extension Centre in different parts of the country providing short-term courses and training in Home Scale Preservation of fruits and vegetables, preparation of bakery and confectionery items, rice milling, oil seed processing, etc.

• There are also Fruit Preservation Centre in some states for training in the preservation of fruits and vegetables. All courses in this field, however, require a background in science.


As a Food Technologist you can start with Rs 15000-18000, moving on to Rs 18000-30000. Salaries with multinationals are correspondingly higher.

Research organisation pays food technologists anywhere between Rs 15000-18000. If you start a niche product like health foods or health drinks, you could earn much higher.

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