Agricultural and food science technicians work with related
scientists to conduct research, development, and testing on food and
other agricultural products. Agricultural technicians are involved
in food, fiber, and animal research, production, and processing.
Some conduct tests and experiments to improve the yield and quality
of crops or to increase the resistance of plants and animals to
disease, insects, or other hazards. Other agricultural technicians
breed animals for the purpose of investigating nutrition.
science technicians assist food scientists and technologists in
research and development, production technology, and quality
control. For example, food science technicians may conduct tests on
food additives and preservatives to ensure compliance with Food and
Drug Administration regulations regarding color, texture, and
These technicians analyze, record, and compile test
results; order supplies to maintain laboratory inventory; and clean
and sterilize laboratory equipment.
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the US Department
of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.