Where can a food science & technology, nutrition & dietetics student do industrial training in Nigeria in 2019?
Food Science and Technology is a discipline that draws from several other fields of study such as Microbiology, Chemical Engineering, Biochemistry, Nutrition and Agriculture.
It is essentially the combined study of science and engineering to process, evaluate, package and distribute food.
It is an attempt to better understand food processes and ultimately improve food products for the general public.
Food Science and Technology is a coherent and systematic body of knowledge and understanding of the nature and composition of food products, through processing and distribution.
Generally in Nigeria one can get a Food Science and Technology degree from any of several universities who offer this as a 5 year course.
Food science and technology is about understanding the composition of food and, in a way, ‘reinventing’ it.
It could involve enhancing the taste, making it last longer, making sure it’s safe to eat, or even boosting its nutritional content.
If you love science and you’re interested in food production and preparation, this could be an ideal career for you.
What Do Food Scientists & Technologists Do?
Supply nutritional information for food labels. Food scientists and technologists do pretty much everything from working with the pure science behind what the food is made up of to planning the efficient manufacture of food products.
They look for ways to keep food fresh, safe and looking good, investigate cheaper and faster ways of producing food, test the quality and safety of food, invent new ‘recipes’ for foods using new ingredients, make changes to foods, like creating sugar-free products, design processes and machines that make the products on a large scale.
What Do Food Scientists & Technologists Learn?
When you are studying food science and technology you’ll learn all about food from all different aspects of the industry including:
- Food safety
- Science – chemistry, biology, physics
- Food microbiology, food chemistry
- Food toxicology
- Food preservation
- Sustainable food manufacturing
- Product design and development
Skills & Competencies Needed As A Food Science & Technology IT Student/Graduate:
As a Food Science & Technology IT Student/Graduate you should have the following skills to help improve your career prospects:
- Time Management
- Social Perceptiveness
- Reading Comprehension
- Active Listening
- Critical Thinking
- Active Learning
- Complex Problem Solving
- Judgment and Decision Making
- Systems Analysis
- Quality Control Analysis
- Systems Evaluation
- Management of Personnel Resources
- Learning Strategies
- Operation Monitoring
- Service Orientation
Industries Where Food Science & Technology Students Can Do Industrial Training In Nigeria
There are a host of places, businesses, non-profit organizations and government agencies where you can find useful career opportunities as a Food Scientist in Nigeria. They include:
- FMCG Companies/Conglomerates
- Pharmaceutical (Drug) or Herbal Companies
- Food Processing Companies
- Fishing/Food Preservation Companies
- Food Processing Units of Hotels, Catering Companies and Fast Foods
- Government Food Related Health Agencies (e.g NAFDAC)
- Local and International NGOs on Food, Malnutrition etc
- Beverage Production Companies
Having known all these important tips, if you’re now ready to learn how you could easily secure possible SIWES placement for your industrial training then quickly read this post below.
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