MBTI® Test ENTP Food Scientists and Technologists

Strong Interest Inventory® General Occupational Theme Code: Investigative, Realistic, Conventional (IRC)

Having the self-awareness gained from knowing your personality type can help you build on your strengths and challenges, while also aiding you in finding a career that you will find fulfilling. Hammer (1996) notes that Myers-Briggs test ENTP’s enjoy being in positions where they are constantly challenged and where they have the opportunity to solve new problems and feel a sense of accomplishment at the end of each day- a big reason MBTI test ENTP’s feel fulfilled in careers such as food scientists and technologists.

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Food scientists and technologists use knowledge and insights from the natural and biological sciences and engineering to provide a variety of services related to food. These services may include conducting safety and sanitation inspections and ensuring that organizations’ operations are within legal prescriptions. They may also conduct research into ways to improve the production, processing, or distribution of food, for instance, by extending its shelf-life or making it less susceptible to damage during transportation. Food scientists and technologists also work with engineers, biologists, genetic specialists, and others to study the composition of food and the manner in which it may change as a result of packaging, processing, or transport.

Being effective food scientists and technologists requires a mastery of specific tools of the trade. This includes hardware like crushing and filling machines (e.g., pulpers, fruit presses, stuffers, etc.), laboratory equipment (e.g., heat exchangers, convection ovens, spectrometers, etc.) and various kinds of tablets and computers. The software can include analytical or scientific software (e.g., StatSoft STATISTICA software, BioDiscovery ImaGene, GenePix, etc.) and database user interface and query software (e.g., PathogenTracker, the USDA National Nutrient Database, etc.), in addition to Microsoft Office (including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) and internet browser and email servers.

Food scientists and technologists require an in-depth understanding of both biological and physical sciences, as well as mathematics. This balance is necessary to truly excel in this field. Of course, because of the vast amount of communication that occurs, food scientists and technologists also need a solid understanding of the English language as well as some background information about the industry and what goes into the production and processing of raw ingredients into edible foods.

The skills that food scientists and technologists need to excel include strong listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills, as well as the ability to process large amounts of information fluidly and quickly. They also need to be able to use that information to draw conclusions, and ultimately effect change.

Like any other engineering or scientific field, food scientists and technologists develop their skills and knowledge banks by completing university degrees. The majority have a bachelor’s degree, though these days an increasing number are earning a master’s as well.

A passion for working with people, and a high degree of persistence, initiative, and innovation are impossible to teach. These more innate talents and characteristics are much of the reason that ENTP’s are inclined to become Food scientists and technologists.

Below are some employment trends for electrical engineers:

  • Median wage: $28.67 hourly, $59,630 annually
  • Employment: 19,000 employees
  • Projected growth (2012-2022): average (8%-14%)
  • Projected job openings (2012-2022): 8,500


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  1. Bureau of Labor Statistics wage data and 2012-2022 employment projections Onetonline.org
  1. MBTI® Type Tables for Occupations, 2nd Edition. Schaubhut, N. & Thompson, R. (CPP, 2008)
  1. Introduction To Type and Careers, Hammer, A. (CPP, 1996).