Food Technology is considered to be gaining importance in fast changing lifestyle and metropolitan culture. Food Technology professionals are required to handle the responsibilities of ensuring biological richness of various food products and make availability of safe and nutrition rich food materials. Food Technology professionals’ responsibilities include the conservation of various nutrition rich food materials and prohibit decay of any kind. Food Technology professionals play significant role in launching various fast food items, nutritional food, ingredients, snacks, etc.
Multiple opportunities are available in the field of Food Technology in not just private sector but options are also available in the various government departments and organizations related to the food safety and nutritional security, research in agriculture, various education and research institutions. Affiliated organizations of Ministry of Agriculture, National Institute of Food Technology Entrepreneurship and Management and different Agriculture Universities, recruit Food Technology from time to time.
In government departments and organizations there are many posts available for Food Technology professionals – Food Technologist, Nutritional Therapist, and Product and Process Development Scientist, Quality Manager, Regulatory Affairs Officer, Scientific Laboratory Technician, Technical Brewer, Production Manager, Purchasing Officer, Research Scientist, Toxicologist, etc.
Eligibility Conditions for Food Technology
To get a government job in the area of Food Technology a candidate needs to have qualified bachelor’s degree (BE/BTech) in areas of Food Technology or Food Technology and Management, Food Science and Technology, Food Process Engineering, Dairy Engineering, Dairy Technology, Agriculture and Food Engineering, Dairy and Food Engineering from a recognized university or educational institution. For senior positions, master’s degree in Food Technology or related field is required. While, for faculty position at Food Technology education institutions, Ph.D in related field is must.
Age Limit for Food Technology
To junior level position in the area of Food Technology a candidate’s age must fall into the range of 21 years to 32 years while for senior level positions, the upper age limit could be 40 years or more. The reserved category (SC/ST/OBC/PWD/ExSM) candidates get relaxation in upper age limit according to the rules laid down by the Government.
Selection Process for Food Technology
The selection of candidates for the various posts in the area of Food Technology differ level of post for appointment. Usually, candidates are selected on the basis of their performance in the Academic Records, Written Exam and Personal Interview. Candidates could be selected on the basis of Academic Records and Personal Interview if the appointment is to be done on contract basis.
Salary Structure of Food Technology
Salary for different posts in the areas of Food Technology differs according to the Post or Rank of appointment. For entry level positions, candidates are given the salary according to the implemented Pay Matrix Level of the Seventh Pay Commission. Apart from this, various allowances (DA, HRA, etc.) are also given. If the appointment is done on the contract basis or as Research Fellow in institutions a salary of Rs. 25,000/- per month is given. In state government departments and organizations, salary could be according to the Pay-Band implemented in the State for the food technology positions.
Job Updates for Food Technology
The posts related to the Food Technology is common at different ministries and departments related to Agriculture, food safety and nutritional security, research in agriculture, Agriculture Universities, in various education and research institutions and in various government schemes and programmes etc. So the vacancies for Food Technology professionals are notified by the recruitment wing of these organisations directly. These notifications are advertised in weekly Employment News being published by the Publication Division of the Government of India, in various national daily newspapers and various portals and mobile application publishing government job updates.