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Food Science Technician

For many students the most interesting and fun part of science class is doing lab experiments. Are you one of these students? Then you like learning new things from working in a lab. Do you also have a special interest in food? For example, you might be curious about how to keep foods from spoiling. If so, then you might enjoy a career as a food science technician. As an assistant to the food scientist in charge, you would operate laboratory instruments. You might do tests on chemicals that are added to foods to make them taste better or keep them fresh. These tests are needed to make sure the color, texture, and nutrients in foods meet government standards. The best way to get started in this career is to get an associate’s degree in a two-year college program.

Agricultural/Food Science Technician
Agricultural and food science technicians set up, operate and maintain laboratory instruments and test kitchen equipment, monitor experiments, make observations, calculate and record results, and often develop conclusions.

Food Science
Food Science is the combined study of science and engineering to process, evaluate, package and distribute food.

Agricultural and Food Scientist
Website by Bureau of Labor Statistics offering: brief overview of job, education needed, salaries, and job prospects.

Green Chemist

Chemists develop many useful materials in the laboratory. These include dyes, plastics, medicines, food products, and building materials. In the past, developing these materials also meant creating harmful chemical wastes. These wastes then polluted the environment. However, a movement called Green Chemistry is now helping to eliminate pollution. Green chemists work to create reactions that produce safe, useful products without harmful side effects. To become a green chemist, you will need a college degree in chemistry followed by graduate studies.

Chemist
Earth Science website sponsored by NASA features games, interviews, and career information.

Chemist
Website by Bureau of Labor Statistics offering: brief overview of job, education needed, salaries, and job prospects.

Environmental Scientist
Website by Bureau of Labor Statistics offering: brief overview of job, education needed, salaries, and job prospects.

Chemical Technician
Chemical Technicians work with chemicals. They work in laboratories where they test and analyze data from experiments.

Ashish the Medicinal Chemist
Have you ever wondered about the people who create new drugs to treat diseases? Meet Ashish the medicinal chemist! He will tell you all about life as a medicinal chemist. Click here to find out.

Chemical Engineer
Meet Kristin Hart. A Chemical Engineer that works in air management.