FOOD TECH­NOL­O­GIST Qual­ity ex­pert

THE LOW­DOWN

Hindustan Times (Delhi) - HT Education - - Front Page -

CLOCK­WORK An av­er­age day of a food tech­nol­o­gist can be as fol­lows: 10.30am: Wake up, work out 9am: Reach of­fice 9.30am: Visit fac­tory to check tin cans and pack­ag­ing of prod­uct No mat­ter what hap­pens in the job mar­ket, food is a con­stant in our lives. And ev­ery day, con­sumers want more from the food on their ta­ble. This is where the skills of food tech­nol­o­gists come in. They study the chem­i­cal, phys­i­cal and mi­cro­bi­o­log­i­cal makeup of the food. The food is pro­cessed, pre­served, pack­aged and stored ac­cord­ing to the spec­i­fi­ca­tions by in­dus­try and government. It re­mains a sun­rise in­dus­try de­spite the eco­nomic slow­down. The fact that it is in its ini­tial growth stage in In­dia means get­ting a job is rel­a­tively easy. This is one sec­tor that has im­mense po­ten­tial to gen­er­ate em­ploy­ment and rev­enues in In­dia. Food tech­nol­o­gists find em­ploy­ment in food pro­cess­ing, re­tail, ho­tels, agriprod­ucts (com­pa­nies), and in the ser­vice sec­tor in de­part­ments like qual­ity as­sur­ance, pro­duc­tion, hy­giene, lab­o­ra­to­ries, etc. Ev­ery­thing in the in­dus­try is based on physics, chem­istry, mi­cro­bi­ol­ogy, nutri­tion and en­gi­neer­ing. Thus, a stu­dent should have sound knowl­edge of the ba­sic sciences 2pm: Lunch 6pm: Leave for home

THE PAY­OFF A sci­ence grad­u­ate can earn R2 lakh to R3 lakh per an­num. Re­mu­ner­a­tion goes up af­ter a master’s de­gree. A gen­eral man­ager can draw around R15 lakh per an­num

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