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Job prospects in food tecnology

  1. 1. Job Prospects in Food TecnologyThe Cabinet of India on June 21, 2007, granted its approval to an integrated plan, which aims to promoteIndias food processing sector and boost the countrys agricultural business (according to a pressrelease). As per the report there are about 300 Million upper and-middle-class consumers of processedand packaged food in the country, and another 200 Million are likely to be added by 2010. Ministry ofFood Processing Industries is planning to establish 500 food parks in the Tenth Five Year Plan acrossevery parliamentary constituency. This will give a further boost to the growth and development of foodprocessing industries and thereby is generating a huge job potential for those who have an aptitude forthe work and required qualifications.The food processing industry is still at its nascent stage in India. It thus provides ample employmentopportunities. The areas where one can find employment in this industry are:Food processing companies and food research laboratoriesFood wholesalersHospitalsCatering establishmentsRetailersRestaurants provide employment to candidates with degrees in home science and specializations in foodtechnology, nutrition or food services management. Diploma holders in dietetics, applied nutrition, foodscience and preservation and those having certificate in dietetics or food and nutrition can also beemployed in this industry.Bacteriologist, toxicologists and those trained in packaging technology, organic chemistry, biochemistryand analytical chemistry can find opening food technology laboratories or in quality control departments.A number of public sector undertakings in the department of food also require people in this field. TheFood Corporation of India, which handles the purchase, storage transport and distribution of food grainsand other food items, provide employment to large number of people. Modern Food Corporation whichmarkets bread, fruit juices, edible oils, soft drink concentrates and North-Eastern Agricultural MarketingCorporation which markets and process fruits and vegetables also recruits people.Self-employment opportunities also exist in the form of dynamic delivery networks for those who want towork on their own.Private sector companies have been the key players in the food sector and even companies like ITC arenow moving into the sector, seeing the potential in processed foods.Some other back-end jobs in this industry are:BakersMeat, poultry, trimmers, and fish cuttersSlaughterers and meat packersFood batch makersFood cooking machine operators and tendersFood and tobacco roasting, baking and drying machine operators and tendersThe major players in private sector in this industry in India are:ITC LimitedParle Products Pvt. Ltd.Agro Tech FoodsAmulPerfetti India Ltd.Cadbury India Ltd.PepsiCo India HoldingsNestle India Pvt. Ltd.Britannia Industries Ltd.Hindustan Lever LimitedMilkfood
  2. 2. MTR foods limitedGodrej industries LimitedGits Food Products Pvt. Ltd.Dabur India Ltd.Nature of WorkFood technologists, technicians, bio technologists and engineers are required in this industry for thepractical application of the principles of many disciplines of science in the manufacturing or production,preservation and packaging, processing and canning of various food products. All this needs preparationof raw materials for processing which involves selection, or cleaning of the raw material, followed by theactual processing, which could be chopping, blanching, crushing, mixing or even cooking of the food item,the addition of preservatives and the final packaging along with keep in hygiene and maintaining quality ofproducts. Following people are needed for the work in food processing industry:Food technologists: They are given the responsibility of determining whether a particular process isbeing performed in a certain specified way or not. They are instrumental in devising new ways andimproving the older ones for preserving, conserving and processing food. They have to check for thecontamination, adulteration and controlling the nutritional value of the food products which are to beprocessed. Food technologist are also assigned to determine to quality of the raw materials used in theplants aw well as the food which has to be dispatched to the market. They also look after the storageconditions and hygiene.Organic Chemists: They advise on the methods by which the raw materials have to be converted intoprocessed food.Biochemists: They suggest improvements in flavor, texture, storage and quality.Analytical Chemists: They analyze food products to maintain quality.Home Economists: They are in a way expert in dietetics and nutrition. They test the food and recipesaccording to the directions on the containers.Engineers: Chemical, Mechanical, Industrial, Electrical, Agricultural and Civil engineers are also requiredfor planning, designing, improving and maintaining the processing systems.Research Scientists: They carry on experiments regarding improvement in yield, flavor, nutritive valueand general acceptability of the packaged food.Managers and accountants: They manage administration and the finances apart from supervising theprocessing work.PersonalityFollowing the personal attributes required in this industryConscientiousMeticulousOrganizational abilitiesParticular about cleanliness and hygienePrudentHard working