Making a career in Food Technology

Next to breath, life of Human being is solely dependent on Food and health, and hence the importance of food technology in keeping us healthy can never be overlooked.

The fast paced life of today has ushered in the era of convenience food or more popularly the fast food culture in our country. On one hand this has led to the growing demand for packed and processed food and on the other it has made the consumer more quality and nutrition conscious. All these factors pose a very encouraging picture on the future of Food Processing Industry in India.

The FPI encompasses basic foods like wheat and rice products and the processes for converting them into edible form; besides processed foods such as bakery & confectionery products, dairy products, meat & fish products, fruit & vegetable products in short, everything which is processed and packaged to enhance and prolong the edible life.

This technology has indeed revolutionized the food habits of the people in our country by having cooked and packed foods in attractive packages in their homes.

Food Technology Eligibility Criteria

  • Some universities in India offer degree courses in food technology and food science. There are also institutes offering postgraduate courses in specialized aspects of food processing.
  • Candidates with PCM or PCB at 10+2 level can opt for under graduate courses in food technology, food science and home science.
  • For admission to M.Sc( Food science/food technology), eligibility criteria is B.Sc.( Food science/food technology).

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Food Technology Personal Skills

As this career requires intense research; hence aspirants for this field must have inquisitive mind-set, commitment to the profession and keen observation skills. As research in this field is often a team work, hence a food technologist must also be a team player.

Technology, one can find jobs in the following areas:

  • With the food processing companies engaged in R&D of the highest quality of food products as they constantly require the services of skilful food technologists.
  • With the packaging companies which conduct research on best modes of preservation of food-items.
  • With Research laboratories which are evaluating and analyzing the food ingredients present in the products.
  • With manufacturing industries, where a food technologist can contribute the area of monitoring the storage, processing, hygiene temperatures and experimenting etc.
  • With research laboratories to conduct R&D, test current food products and to take measures to manage the overall food quality.
  • Also with Public sector undertakings in the Department of food of the government.

Hence there is a plethora of opportunities for food technologists, mainly in institutions like hotels, food industries, quality control, hospitals, packaging industries, distilleries, soft drink factories and rice mills etc.

Today being a food technologist is all about success and quick career growth. To start as a fresher/ trainee, one can earn a salary ranging from Rs.8000 to Rs.15000 per month. As a food technologist gains some expertise in the field, sky is the limit for him as far as remunerations and other benefits are concerned.

Food Technology Job Prospects

One can opt for various food technology courses in India and abroad. Food processing industry is rapidly growing and one can get jobs in food processing industries, research laboratories, hotels, soft drink factories, quality control, rice mills, manufacturing industries and distilleries. In India Food Processing industry is gaining momentum as the consumer food industry, which includes pasta, breads, cakes, pastries, corn flakes, ready to eat and ready to cook products, cocoa products, biscuits, soft drinks, beer, alcohol beverages, mineral and packaged water and segment of consumer foods is seeing an upward trend.

Areas of employment:

  • Food processing companies and food research laboratories
  • Food wholesalers
  • Hospitals
  • Catering establishments
  • Retailers
  • Bacteriologist
  • Toxicologists

 The Food Corporation of India, which handles the purchase, storage transport and distribution of food grains and other food items, provide employment to large number of people. Modern Food Corporation which markets bread, fruit juices, edible oils, soft drink concentrates and North-Eastern Agricultural Marketing Corporation which markets and process fruits and vegetables also recruits people.

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Food Technology Institutes & Courses

  • B.Sc with food technology

University of Delhi
Delhi 110007

  • B.Sc with food technology

Manipur University
Imphal 795003
 

  • B.Sc. with Food & Nutrition

Dr. Babasabeb Ambedhar Marathawada University
Aurangabad 431004
 

  • B.Sc with food technology

Mahatma Gandhi University
Priyadarshini, Hills PO, Kottayam 686560
 

  • B.Sc. with Food and Nutrition

Kakatiya University,
Warangal 506009
 

  • B.Sc. with Food and Nutrition

University of Calcutta
Calcutta 700073
 

  • Diploma Course Food Analysis and Quality Assurance/Food Science Technology

University of Mysore
Crawford Hall, Mysore 570005
 

  • B.Sc. with Food Preservation

University of Madras
Madras 600005
 

  • B.Sc. with Food Technology

Manipur University
Imphal 795003
 

  • Mahatama Gandhi University

Priyadarshini Hills PO
Kottayam 686560
 

  • B.Tech. (Food Engineering)

Chitrakoot Gramodaya Visbwavidyalaya
Distt. Satna 485331.

  • Jadavpur University (after B.Sc.)

Calcutta 700032
 

  • Kanpur University

Kanpur 208024 (UP)(M.Tech. is also available)
 

  • B. Sc. Tech (after B.Sc)

Nagpur University
Nagpur 440001
 

  • University of Bombay

Fort, Mumbai 400032 (M.Sc. Tech is available in Food Tech. & Fermentation Tech.)
 

  • M.Sc. (Food Science)

Andhra University
Visakhapatnam 530003 (A.P.)
 

  • M.Sc. Food Technology

Govind Ballabh Pant University of Agriculture and Technology
Pantnagar 263145 (UP) (M.Sc. in Food and Nutrition is available)
 

  • M.Sc. in Food & Fermentation Technology and Food Sc.

Tech Guru Nanak Dev University
Amritsar – 143005 (Punjab)
 

  • M.Sc. (Food and Nutrition)

Tamil Nadu Agricultural University
Coimbatore 641003
 

  • University of Agricultural Sciences

Krishinagar, Dharwad 580005
 

  • M.Sc. (Food and Nutrition)

University of Mysore
Mysore
 

  • Diploma Courses Food Analysis and Quality Assurance/Food Science Technology

University of Mysore
Crawford Hall, Mysore 570005

  • Food Science Preservation/Management and Food Sc. Technology

SNDT Women’s University
1, Nathibai Thackersay Road, Mumbai – 400020
University of Madras
 

  • Centenary of Madras

Centenary Buildings, Chepauk
Chennai 600005
 

  • M.Sc. Food Technology

Guru Jambheshwar University
Hisar. (DOU 27112007)

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