Product Development

Are you interested in designing new food products or modifying existing products for better nutrition and health?

What do product development scientists/technologist do?

Product development scientists work closely with manufacturing, sales and marketing teams to research and develop new food products, or make modifications to existing products to meet consumer demand, improve nutritional value or add innovation.

Nutritionist in the product development sector often support business strategies and guidelines domestically and globally. They utilise their technical skills and knowledge in food processing, specialist knowledge of ingredients and cross process interactions, sensory evaluation and require knowledge of the Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) food regulations.

A current topic of interest: With the concern about sugar, product development is interested in how to minimise sugars and still make a product appealing to consumers. Allergies and creating functional foods are also important areas.

Where are the jobs?

Food Industry, Research Institutes, self-employment (start-up own venture)

Job titles to search

Product/Process Development Technologists, Nutritionist (Product Development), Research and Development Officer, Food Technologist

Skills required for the job 

Qualification in Nutrition Science with the Food Innovation major.

Typical skills required include:

  • Analytical and problem solving skills
  • Organisation skills with a high level of attention to detail
  • Possess exceptional verbal and written communication skills
  • Be able to work effectively within and across teams
  • Have a passion for developmental work
  • Provide insight into industry trends and identify opportunities

How to develop your skills

Volunteer in Food Science/Nutrition focused Professional Organisations, e.g. Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology (AIFST), Nutrition AustraliaNutrition Society of Australia.

Join professional organisations, such as AIFST, may offer a student rate for membership.    Participate in AIFST Student Product Development Competition.

Attend Professional organisation events or seminars and network with professionals in Food industry and research institutes.

What units or courses to study at Deakin

Bachelor of Nutrition Science (Food Innovation major)




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