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Food Science Technicians - 19-4011.02

O*NET-SOC Description

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

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Central Lab Technician (CLT)
  • Food Science Technician
  • Lab Tech (Laboratory Technician)
  • Laboratory Assistant (Lab Assistant)
  • Operations Technician
  • Quality Analyst
  • Quality Assurance Analyst (QA Analyst)
  • Quality Control Technician (QC Technician)
  • Quality Technician
  • Technical Services Analyst

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations


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

Detailed Work Activities

  • Analyze chemical compounds or substances.
  • Clean objects.
  • Evaluate quality of materials or products.
  • Examine characteristics or behavior of living organisms.
  • Maintain laboratory or technical equipment.
  • Manage scientific or technical project resources.
  • Prepare biological samples for testing or analysis.
  • Prepare compounds or solutions for products or testing.
  • Record research or operational data.
  • Research methods to improve food products.
  • Test quality of materials or finished products.
  • Train personnel in technical or scientific procedures.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Food Safety Officer (Army - Warrant Officer only)
  • Intelligence Analyst (Army - Enlisted)
  • Unit Supply Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Veterinary Food Inspection Specialist (Army - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

No information available.

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Baker, Test
  • Bottle-House Quality-Control Technician
  • Food Tester
  • Malt-Specifications-Control Assistant
  • Tester, Food Products
  • Yeast-Culture Developer