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Career Options in Food Science, Technology & Engineering


Click on each option below to see: 
    · a brief job description 
    · qualifications required 
    · courses available for obtaining qualifications 
    · starting salary 
    · mid range salary 
    · career prospects 
    · typical companies that you might work for 


Alexandra Allan, Chief Executive of The FoodBowl, talks about encouraging an innovation culture in New Zealand food and beverage companies.

Ministry for Primary Industries

Find out what Caleb Dennis does in his role as Group Technical Officer at Craggy Range Winery.

Caleb was Young Horticulturist and Young Viticulturist of the Year 2015.

Ministry for Primary Industries

Ellen Ashmore, a scientist from the Institute of Environmental Science and Research (ESR), talks about the science behind food safety.

She also discusses some of the research she’s involved in that supports New Zealand’s primary industries.

Ministry for Primary Industries

A Career as a Food Technologist in the Seafood Industry

Kelsey Clarke spends time with Food Technologist Frits Hofman at the Sealord fish processing plant, learning about seafood processing and product development.

Just The Job.


Careers in baking, breadmaking, pastry cooking and flour milling.
NZ Baking Industry Research Trust (NZ).

Careers in the Food Sciences
Careers NZ (NZ).

Fonterra Graduate Careers:

Graduate careers at Fonterra, the multinational dairy company Fonterra (NZ). 

Go Dairy:

Careers in the NZ dairy industry.
Dairy NZ (NZ).

Developing new food products:
This feature on The FOODBOWL contains a series of video clips illustrating the expertise, innovation and technology that goes into developing new food products for export.
Science Learning Hub (NZ).

Food safety and packaging in a global environment:

Cedenco Foods is audited annually for their food safety accreditation. In addition they have two voluntary certifications that have global recognition.
TECHNOLOGY ONLINE Connecting with Industry video (NZ).

Food safety in a national environment:

Matt Spencer explains that Walter Findlay Ltd bakery is thoroughly audited, to ensure compliance to their food safety programme.
TECHNOLOGY ONLINE Connecting with Industry video (NZ).

Massey Food Technology: 
Careers in food technology.
Massey University (NZ).  

AgResearch Careers:

AgResearch (NZ).

MPI - primary industries lesson
Resources on a range of topics including the importance of biosecurity, food, and careers in the primary industries.

Plant & Food Research Careers:

Plant & Food Reaserch (NZ).  

Science New Zealand:
Food science and technology in action at the nine Crown Research Institutes
Science New Zealand (NZ).

A podcast channel hosted by scientists at Plant & Food Research who are passionate about communicating science as well as helping students in their journey to a science career.
Plant & Food Research (NZ).

Food Industry Careers Brochure

A brochure explaining the wide range of science, technology and engineering careers available in the food industry, is now available from NZIFST and Futureintech. 

This brochure was designed to explain to students, parents, teachers and careers advisers, the huge range of exciting and challenging careers available in the food industry, the skills required to do these jobs, and how to get there. It outlines the importance of the food industry to New Zealand’s economy, the degrees on offer, and types of jobs available, and features photos and quotes from seven young graduates in a variety of roles. 

Our sincere thanks to everyone who contributed to the development of this brochure, and the young graduates who agreed to feature in it. 

Copies are available from NZIFST Executive Manager Rosemary Hancock, email:

The New Zealand Institute of Food Science and Technology (Inc.)

PO Box 5574, Terrace End
Palmerston North 4441,

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