Career maps

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 available 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 food 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 technology and research and development. A food scientist or food technologist can use their expertise in biology, chemistry, physics, biochemistry, microbiology and biotechnology. Additional work may include chemical engineering, toxicology, statistics, production planning, supply chain management, marketing, consumer research and financial management.

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Last reviewed: 09 Dec 2013