Career maps which provide information to potential entrants to the food and drink manufacturing sector on the possible qualification and job progression routes available for careers in food science and technology are now available.
They have been developed by Improve, the sector skills council for the food and
drink manufacturing industry in the UK, with support from the Institute of Food
Science and Technology (IFST) and the Food and Drink Federation (FDF).
The maps, which have been developed as part of the FDF Careers Campaign, aim to
be a helpful resource tool highlighting the range of job possibilities
within food science and technology. Current there is a shortage of qualified
food scientists and technologists in the UK. According to figures, one in five
scientist and food technologist vacancies is hard to fill.
The maps aim to point out to potential entrants with a keen interest in science
that careers as food scientists or food technologists in the food manufacturing
industry are exciting, varied and rewarding.
Qualification route map
The qualification route map (pdf, 40kb) outlines the academic and vocational qualification
routes available to individuals entering food science and technology careers in
the sector, from entry through to postgraduate level.
Job progression map
The food industry job progression map (pdf, 92kb) highlights the progression an individual
can make when entering a range of food science and technical careers, from
trainee through to senior management level.
With good science qualifications, the opportunity is there for potential
entrants to work in a sector which is at the 'cutting edge' of science and
and research and development. A food scientist or food technologist can use
expertise in biology, chemistry, physics, biochemistry, microbiology and
biotechnology. Additional work may include chemical engineering, toxicology,
statistics, production planning, supply chain management, marketing, consumer
More about the FDF careers campaign
Last reviewed: 09 Dec 2013