Food Technologist

ANZSCO Code: 234212 / Group A

A Food Technologist makes new kinds of food better and comes up with rules for making, packing, and selling food.

Food Technologist anzsco code 234212

Occupation Descriptions

A Food Technologist creates and makes current food items better. They also decide how to produce, package, and sell food.

Occupations considered suitable under this ANZSCO code:

  • Food Scientist
  • Food Production Officer

Occupations not considered suitable under this ANZSCO code:

  • Chemist
  • Wine Maker
  • Microbiologist

These occupations are classified elsewhere in ANZSCO or are not at the required skill level.

Group allocation:

VETASSESS Group A occupation: Food Technologist

For this job, you need a qualification equivalent to at least a Bachelor’s degree under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF), or higher. It should be in a field closely related to the job you’re applying for. Additionally, you should have worked in a related role for at least one year after getting your qualification, at a suitable skill level, within the past five years.

Applicants will not meet the required skill level if:

  • Your qualifications don’t meet the necessary educational level.
  • Your qualifications aren’t in a field closely related to the job.
  • You finished your employment before completing your qualification.

A favorable assessment of both your qualifications and work experience is necessary for a successful Skills Assessment result.

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Highly relevant paid employment duration (20 hours or more per week): 

You need to have worked for at least one year after completing your qualifications, with the job being closely related to the occupation you’re applying for. This employment should have been for at least 20 hours per week and should have occurred within the last five years before you applied for the Skills Assessment.

Qualification and Employment Criteria


AQF Bachelor degree or higher degree

Qualifications evaluated at AQF Bachelor, Master, and Doctoral levels are included. Additionally, qualifications in specific fields may be reviewed on an individual basis if the program includes enough courses in Food Science and is followed by at least one year of highly relevant work experience in food research or food manufacturing.

  • Biotechnology
  • Chemistry
  • Chemical Engineering

Highly relevant major fields of study include:

  • Food Science & Technology
  • Nutrition
  • Food Processing Technology
  • Food Engineering
  • Dietetics
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    Important tasks include:

    • Creating real-world uses for experimental and research discoveries.
    • Testing food items for taste, appearance, texture, and nutritional value.
    • Providing guidance on how to preserve, process, package, store, and distribute food.
    • Establishing quality control measures and safety guidelines for food production.

    Additional tasks may include:

    New Product Development:

    • Running experiments and tests to determine the chemical makeup and reactive characteristics of natural or processed materials.
    • Creating methods, tools, and systems for conducting experiments.
    • Analyzing data or conducting research to formulate theories, methods, and processes, and verifying their effectiveness in different situations.
    • Overseeing the preparation of laboratory reports, scientific papers, and reports on specifications and standards.

    Quality Assurance:

    • Creating and overseeing quality control measures for producing goods in plants or factories.
    • Providing guidance on how to preserve, process, package, store, and transport food items.
    • Possibly supervising and organizing the tasks of technicians.

    Employment information

    Food Technologists, also known as Food Scientists, are professionals who study, create, and supervise the making of food items and processes. They might specialize in developing new products, ensuring quality, researching flavors and ingredients, and determining product packaging and shelf life.

    Food Technologists typically work in food manufacturing and research companies. They utilize equipment like spectrometers, analyzers, refractometers, titrators, as well as common kitchen appliances such as refrigerators, blenders, and ovens.

    Employment solely focused on quality control or assurance in food production, without involvement in setting standards for production, packaging, or development, may not be considered highly relevant for this occupation.

    Supporting Material for Assessment

    When you apply for a Skills Assessment, make sure you provide enough evidence to support your identity, qualifications, and employment claims. You can find a complete list of required documents on the VETASSESS website under Eligibility Criteria. Additionally, you can offer extra evidence supporting your role, such as summaries for grant applications, research articles or presentations from conferences, lab reports, patents, and a list of research projects detailing your responsibilities.

    How to apply

    If you’re a professional considering moving to Australia, there’s a good chance you’ll need to undergo assessment by us. We evaluate 360 different professional occupations, assessing your skills, experience, and qualifications.

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