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Food Technologist Career Information

What a Food Technologist does

Abilities & Traits Required

You need to be interested in scientific research. The job involves long, strenuous hours of experimentation and an analytical mind becomes imperative.

A food technologist has to be particular about cleanliness and hygiene and should be prudent, conscientious and meticulous.


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 12th 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.

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 Centres 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 Centres in some states for training in the preservation of fruits and vegetables. All courses in this field, however, require a background in science.


You can start with about Rs 30000, moving on to Rs 45000-50000 per month. Of course, with more experience, the money will flow in. Think of the amount Anjali Mukherjee must be earning per month. Salaries with multinational companies are correspondingly much higher.

Research organisation pays you anywhere between Rs 30000-45000. If you start a niche product like health foods or health drinks, you could earn much higher.

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