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Food scientists investigate the chemical, microbiological, physical and sensory nature of food, and apply their knowledge in the development, processing, preserving, packaging, distributing and storing of foodstuffs. Food scientists generally work in offices, laboratories and processing plants. (alis)
This profile page includes information about: Food Technologists, Food Chemists, Flavorists, Food Microbiologists, Research Chefs/Culinologists, and Cereal Chemists.
Find detailed information about the occupation, including typical duties and working conditions, in the links below:
- National Occupation Classification (NOC) - Canadian occupational descriptions
- O*NET Online - U.S. resource for occupational descriptions and information
- OCCinfo by alis - Alberta-based occupational information (includes video)
- Sokanu - occupational information and videos
- Article: The Food Network Effect - profile of Food Scientists from Science Careers
- A Day in the Life of a Food Scientist - video profiles from the IFT
- Careers in Cereal Chemistry - career and education info from AACC International
- A Day in the Life of a Research Chef - article from Food Processing
- Agricultural and Food Chemistry - overview from the American Chemical Society
- Let's Talk Science - Career Profile: Food Scientist
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Labour market information
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- Trend Analysis: Job Market Report (Winnipeg Region) - Gov. of Canada Job Bank
- Occupational Outlook Handbook - Job outlook for the U.S.
- Canada's Agricultural Sectors - overview from Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada
- Food and Beverage Industry and Subsector Reports - Food Processing Skills Canada
Professional associations organize events and directories, job postings, career and labour market information. Student membership opportunities are also available. This is a great way to learn and network.
- Canadian Institute of Food Science & Technology
- Research Chef's Association
- Institute of Food Technologists (U.S.)
- Institute of Food Science & Technology (U.K.)
- The Society of Flavor Chemists
- Canadian Nutrition Society
- Canadian Society of Microbiologists
Directories, Industry Associations, and Sector Councils
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- Food & Beverage Manitoba - member directory
- Manitoba Food Products Directory (2009)
- Food Processors of Canada
- Listing of agriculture associations - Government of Manitoba
- Biosciences Association of Manitoba
- Food and Consumer Products of Canada - consumer packaged goods members
- Canadian Vintners Association - members directory
- Beer Canada - member brewing companies
- U.S. National & Regional Associations - listing from The Food Institute
- Food business directory (search by category for U.S. companies) - CareersInFood.com
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