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Food Chemist

What is Food chemistry?

  • Food chemistry is the application of science used to improve food for the consumer. Prospective chemists can specialize in food sciences, such as food packaging.

  • Food scientists are usually very interested in what they eat and have strong scientific skills. Such scientists should have good interpersonal skills and like interacting with other people.

  • They should be creative & innovative with their ideas and have an analytical mind. They must also be willing to commit to continuous learning and keep abreast of the latest technological advancements and Developments.

What do Food chemists usually do?

  • Develop methods for processing and improving the quality of food and drink. 

  • Know about products, processing, production methods, and hygiene and quality standards.

  • Work in research, processing and development or product management. 

  • Develop new or improved ways, using knowledge of chemistry, microbiology, and other sciences.

  • Meet process engineers, installation operators, Aroma experts as well as Packaging and Marketing experts.

  • Resolve problems in product development.

  • Study the food or the changes foods undergo in storage and processing.

  • Check raw materials for maturity or stability for processing.

  • Check finished products for safety, quality and nutritional value. 

  • Check food processing areas to ensure that laws and standards are complied with.

  • Monitoring of food processing and storage.

  • Support in the development of quality assurance programs for such operations. 

What is the Admission and Eligibility criteria to become a Food Chemist in India?

For B.Sc- 10+2 (Science) with a minimum aggregate score of 50%.

For M.Sc- Graduation needs to have been completed in any of:-

  • Chemistry 

  • Biochemistry 

  • Botany 

  • Zoology 

  • Microbiology 

  • Biotechnology 

  • Home Science 

  • Agriculture 

What is the Scope of Food chemist in India?

  • Food scientists work in packaging companies, food processing, manufacturing industries, research laboratories, etc.

  • Such professionals are hired at various private and public-sector organizations, in job roles such as: Production Managers, Assistant Managers, Food Packaging Managers. Food Scientists, Research and Development Personnel. Food Development Managers, Sensory Scientists, Quality Control Officers. Food Safety Auditors, And Even Food Stylists.

Other areas of employment for such professionals include.

Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) industry Food-related writing for magazines, journals, books, and television shows. Food manufacturing plants, research and development labs, catering companies. Food wholesalers, restaurants and hospitals.

Top Colleges offering this course -

  1. Mount Carmel College

  2. Loyola College (LC), Chennai

  3. Queen Mary's College

  4. RVS College of Arts and Science

  5. Manav Rachna International University

How much does a Food Chemist make? 

The average salary of a Food Chemist is Rs 350,000/yr

Interesting Fact

Enzymes are biochemical catalysts used in the conversion of processes from one substance to another. They reduce the time and energy needed for the chemical process. Many aspects of the food industry use catalysts. We bake and brew milk and fruit juices to make cheese, beer and bread.