Food Technologist

Food technologists create innovative new food and drink products, and develop more efficient ways to manufacture them. They may also design or improve packaging and processing systems, or specialise in quality control or research & development.

Food technologists are in demand and are generally employed by food manufacturing companies. These may be large companies – Fonterra, Heinz Wattie’s and Nestle, for example – and smaller companies such as Hubbards, Cookie Time and the Kiwi Ice Cream Company.

What's the difference between food science and food technology? Food science is the study of the physical, biological and chemical makeup of food and the concepts underlying food processing methods. Food technology is the application of food science to the preservation, processing and packaging of food, and the development of new food products. In New Zealand, many people with Food Science degrees work as food technologists, so the difference is not absolutely clear-cut.

Food technologists typically earn:

  • $40-50,000 starting salary
  • $45-65,000 with two to three years’ experience
  • $65-95,000 with five or more years’ experience

Key tertiary qualifications for food technologists:

  • Bachelor of Food Technology (four years)
  • Bachelor of Science, Applied Science or Technology in Food Science (three years)

Recommended and required school subjects:

  • Chemistry (for Food Technology pathway)
  • Calculus (for Food Technology pathway)
  • Physics (for Food Technology pathway)
  • English
  • Technology subjects, especially Food Technology
  • Statistics & Modelling

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Food Technologist: People who work in this role

  • Kerryn James

    Production and Project Manager, Kerryn James at work

    Elise Waddell

    Food Technologist, Elise Waddell at work

    Amber Wang

    Food Tech, Amber Wang at work

    Stephanie Rigter

    Sales and Management Cadet, Stephanie Rigter at work
  • Lana Philcox

    New Product Development Manager, Lana Philcox at work

    Vivvek Gargi

    Product Development Technologist , Vivvek Gargi at work

    EeLaine Yeoh

    R&D Technologist, EeLaine Yeoh at work

    Jo Madden

    NPD and Beverage Technologist, Jo Madden at work
  • Marianna McEwan

    Technical Graduate, Marianna McEwan at work

    Katie Gollan

    Product Development Technologist, Katie Gollan at work

    Tracey Jaques

    Graduate Technologist, Tracey Jaques at work

    Michael Gin

    Food Scientist & Marketing Advisor, Michael Gin at work
  • Abigayl Ayo

    Food Technologist, Abigayl Ayo at work

    Esraa El Shall

    Research and Development Technologist, Esraa El  Shall at work

    Hayden Pohio

    Founder, Hayden Pohio at work

    Alex Allan

    Senior Product Development Technologist , Alex Allan at work
  • Dudley Haines

    Food Technologist , Dudley Haines at work

    Neala Ye

    Technical Support Technologist - FBI Contractor, Neala Ye at work

    Troy Brownlie

    New Product Development Technologist, Troy Brownlie at work

    Janine Taylor

    Junior Food Technologist, Janine Taylor at work
  • Tessa Tietjen

    Materials Technologist, Tessa Tietjen at work

    Pamella Ariestia

    Product Development Technologist, Pamella Ariestia at work

    Manfred Chun

    Product Development Technologist, Manfred Chun at work

    Steffen Friedrich

    Food Technologist, Steffen Friedrich at work
  • Jay Tombleson

    Product Development Technologist, Jay Tombleson  at work

    Anna Radich

    R&D Technologist, Anna Radich at work

    Caitlin Ide

    Development Technologist, Caitlin Ide at work

    Alice Crawford

    R&D Technologist, Alice Crawford at work
  • Toby Gundesen

    Confectionery Process Specialist, Toby Gundesen at work

    Samuel Richardson

    Product Development Technologist, Samuel Richardson at work

    Emma Mostert (née Shannon)

    Product Development Technologist, Emma Mostert (née Shannon) at work

    Nick Devcich

    Product Development Technologist, Nick Devcich at work
  • David Kay

    Operations Improvement Manager, David Kay at work

    Emma Alexander

    Product Development Technologist, Emma Alexander  at work

    Anna Horgan

    Food Technologist, Anna Horgan at work

    Matt Mays

    Innovation Manager, Matt Mays at work
  • Owen Fisher

    Product Development Technologist, Owen Fisher at work

    Carrie Jolly

    Food Technologist, Carrie Jolly at work

    Mollie Fitzgibbon

    Product Development Technologist , Mollie Fitzgibbon at work

    Kate Rennie

    Product Development Technologist, Kate Rennie at work

Food Technologist: Companies that employ people in this job role

  • Ministry for Primary Industries
    Ministry for Primary Industries
    Harraways
    Harraways
    Sealord
    Sealord
    Dairy Goat Cooperative
    Dairy Goat Cooperative
  • Constantia Foods
    Constantia Foods
    Silver Fern Farms
    Silver Fern Farms
    Sanitarium
    Sanitarium
    IXOM
    IXOM
  • Frucor
    Frucor
    McCain Foods (NZ)
    McCain Foods (NZ)
    Heinz Wattie's
    Heinz Wattie's
    Cerebos Gregg's
    Cerebos Gregg's
  • Fonterra
    Fonterra
    Tasti Products
    Tasti Products
    Westland Milk Products
    Westland Milk Products
    Hansells
    Hansells
  • Hubbards Foods
    Hubbards Foods

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