A career in food is definitely an interesting option. Food science and technology is a vast field which includes fresh, as well as packaged food. ?Food technology uses sciences from chemistry, engineering, microbiology; nutrition etc. to produce foods that last longer, with better retention of nutrients, is safer and also produces many specialty products. Thus it makes seasonal foods available throughout the year, destroys pathogens and deactivates toxic components to make foods safer and deals with ready convenient foods.

The degree courses available in the field of food science and technology in India. On completion of Class XII, one can pursue a degree course in B.Tech (Food Technology) after B.Tech in Food Technology can seek admission for M.Tech course in Food Technology. Those graduating with degrees in home science, nutrition and dietetics and hotel management are also eligible for higher studies in food technology.

Anyone with a knack for scientific thinking, problem solving ability, interest in food nutrition and health, good communication skills and team spirit can do very well in this field. ?Basic skills like inquisitiveness, a healthy craving to learn more, enthusiasm and strength coupled with set goals and hard work will lead to the attainment of these goals,? says Neha Shah who works with Dabur India Ltd as a food scientist.

Depending on one?s qualification and interest, there are many options available to choose from. ?A person can choose to work in food manufacturing industries as it is a sector which needs persons for work from the basic level to the higher level. Positions like new product developer, production supervisor, production executive and quality controller are easily available,? states Sheetal Khadye, R&D manager, Puratos Food Ingredients India Pvt Ltd. There are also marketing and technical service positions available with ingredient suppliers. With the introduction of new food laws, regulatory positions are now also available. ?Today there are plenty of good opportunities in research foundation, analytical testing, quality control, dairies, production and marketing.? Other options include working in hospitals, bakeries, confectionaries, poultry farm, nut processing industry, frozen food units, the food processing division in catering units, distilleries and packaging industry. For those who wish to share their food knowledge, teaching is another available option.

In Government Sector
To have opportunity in BIS (BUREAU OF INDIAN STANDARDS), FCI (Food Corporation of India) and FDA (Food Drug and Admistration) as government employee. And also find carrer through Competitive exams of MPSC,UPSC etc. there is work as research worker in national and international research organization like DFRL (Defence Food Research Laboratory), CFTRI ( Central Food Technology and Research Institute).

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