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Agricultural and Food Science Technicians

Also Known as: Agricultural Research Technician, Natural Resource Technician, Agricultural Assistant, Food Safety and Quality Assurance Technician, Food Inspection Technician

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Perform standardized qualitative and quantitative tests to determine physical or chemical properties of food or beverage products.

Top Skills for this Job

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Quality Control Analysis

Top Tasks for this Job

  • Conduct standardized tests on food, beverages, additives, or preservatives to ensure compliance with standards and regulations regarding factors such as color, texture, or nutrients.
  • Provide assistance to food scientists or technologists in research and development, production technology, or quality control.
  • Compute moisture or salt content, percentages of ingredients, formulas, or other product factors, using mathematical and chemical procedures.
  • Record or compile test results or prepare graphs, charts, or reports.
  • Analyze test results to classify products or compare results with standard tables.
  • Taste or smell foods or beverages to ensure that flavors meet specifications or to select samples with specific characteristics.
  • Mix, blend, or cultivate ingredients to make reagents or to manufacture food or beverage products.
  • Measure, test, or weigh bottles, cans, or other containers to ensure that hardness, strength, or dimensions meet specifications.
  • Maintain records of testing results or other documents as required by state or other governing agencies.
  • Monitor and control temperature of products.
  • Perform regular maintenance of laboratory equipment by inspecting, calibrating, cleaning, or sterilizing.
  • Train newly hired laboratory personnel.

Top Education for this Job

  • Production and Processing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Chemistry
  • English Language
  • Clerical
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Food Production
  • Education and Training

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