MBTI® Test INTP Food Science Technician
Strong Interest Inventory® General Occupational Theme Code: Realistic, Investigative, Conventional (RIC) (GOT)
The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI® test) provides more than simply explaining you about your personality – it also can provide insight into the occupations or career fields that your type would best fit in. Here being that of the impartial and logical minds required for a career as a food science technician, it is often found that the Introverted-Intuitive-Thinking-Perceiving Myers-Briggs test type (INTP) fit well and are content in this position.
Food science technicians are responsible for determining and enforcing the standards for the physical and chemical properties of edible products, involving conducting tests and quality control on food, drinks, additives, and preservatives, making sure that they comply to prescribed regulations and guidelines. They take detailed notes and records of their findings, as required by various quality control or government agencies. The tests they perform could involve tasting or smelling the foods, or measuring levels of salt, ingredients, or other components. They compare their findings with the standards set forth by various agencies (usually through tables) and report on the passing or failing of the item in question. In some cases, food science technicians work with universities or private production companies to maximize the production and sales of particular foods and to ensure their high quality and appeal to particular markets.
To perform these duties, food science technicians must be able to utilize specific specialized tools, as well as know how to maintain these tools and equipment in case of breakage in the field. Some of these tools could include thermometers, extracting equipment, viscosimeters, PH meters, and specialized ovens. They also need to be able to use graphics or photo imaging software, database user interface and query software, and presentation and word processing software in order to smoothly collect, manage, analyze, and disseminate their results. In addition to this, it behooves food science technicians to hold a strong knowledge in production and processing, food production, chemistry, and electronics. Furthermore, because of the record keeping and report filing that is required in this position, clerical and writing skills are also required, as is the ability to communicate effectively. Food scientists often present their findings either to clients and investors or to university or corporate administrators. In some cases, they may even publish their results or present them at academic or professional conferences in order to contribute to the future development of the field. Critical thinking is also extremely important in this occupation. There is no standardized degree required for this occupation, although oftentimes, at least a high school diploma is required. However, It is not uncommon for food science technicians to hold a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree.
Below are some employment trends for Food Science Technicians:
- Median wage: $19.82 hourly, $41,230 annually
- Employment: 29,200 employees
- Projected growth (2018-2028): Average (4% to 6%)
- Projected job openings (2018-2028): 3,800
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MBTI® Type Tables for Occupations, 2nd Edition. Schaubhut, N. & Thompson, R. (CPP, 2008)