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If you consider yourself a passionate foodie, find yourself experimenting with new ingredients in the kitchen, or questioning how your packaged packaged food lasts for years - a career in food science and technology could be for you.
Studying food science, production and technology opens up an exciting new world as you learn about the food we consume. You can drive important discussions, promote healthier lifestyles, and find work that will help feed a growing global population.
The food science and technology industry is broad, so we have made sure we deliver a large range of courses to suit every need.
Don your white coat and change the way we eat by creating innovative food improvements and ensuring quality standards are met with the Diploma of Laboratory Technology (Food) or the Certificate IV in Food, Science & Technology.
Supervise the production of food with a Certificate III in Food Processing, or learn how to meet industry standards with a Certificate III in Meat Processing (Retail Butcher).
Don’t have time to commit to full time study? Stop and smell the rosé with a short course in wine.
If you choose to work in food and beverage technology, you’ll start by learning the basics of being a lab technician by processing and interpreting data, monitoring the quality of test results, using laboratory software, creating reports, and maintaining and calibrating equipment.
Once you’ve got the basics covered, you’ll learn how to specialise in food science by understanding microbiological food procedures, contributing to the ongoing development of hazard analysis plans, performing chemical and food tests, providing input to production trials, and conducting sensory and food analysis.
Whether you want to work at your local butcher, a large food manufacturer or in a state-of-the-art lab, there are exciting career opportunities everywhere in the food science and technology sector, with the most popular being:
- Biotechnology technical officer
- Food and drink production operator
- Food laboratory technical officer
- Retail Butcher
- Meat processor or production machinery operator
- Pathology technical officer
The food science and technology industry is calling out for talented and skilled professionals to help combat the high occurrence of food poisoning in Australia. It’s estimated that 2 million people experience food poisoning due to preventable food contamination every year.
Following your passion and working in the food science and technology industry allows you to create healthier communities and make sustainable differences as you enjoy generous salary prospects with strong job security. There has never been a better time to get into the food science industry.
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What job opportunities could a laboratory, food sciences or wine course lead to?
Whether you’re just starting out in your laboratory and food sciences career or want to gain more qualifications to add to your previous experience, TAFE NSW offers food science, production and processing courses at multiple levels to suit you.
Qualifications in these courses can lead to job opportunities such as: laboratory technician, laboratory attendant, field assistant, sterilising agent, dietetic assistant, food technologist, or food processing technician.
Our course areas cover:
- Butchery: Learn butchery skills through a specialised range of tools, materials, and information you need to get ahead in the Australian meat industry.
- Food Processing: Gain practical skills in food production and processing as well as fundamental knowledge in food safety guidelines and procedures, food quality monitor, and safety practices.
- Food Technology: Develop technical skills and knowledge in food science and technology, learn about laboratory procedures and food technologist responsibilities.
- Wine Industry: This course will provide you with knowledge about Australian wines, wine production, wine and food combinations and can lead to job opportunities such as a sommelier or a wine grape grower.