Among the many things that you should know regarding beverage scientists is the fact that as far as their responsibilities go, their daily tasks vary widely. Most of the time, what beverage scientists often do is that they do microbial testing on the beverages that they are creating, they monitor the process of fermentation (especially the temperature, gravity, and the likes), and also they perform chemical tests to see if the product is close to specification. In addition to that, we want you to know that beverage scientists handle yeast strain maintenance in the plant and in the laboratory for production purposes, and this role is very important for the production of beverages. Additionally, it is also the task of beverage scientists to do sensory evaluation (smell, vision, and also, taste) of products as a way to make sure that they are developing the way they should be all throughout the process of production, and when they are finally released in the market for consumption. You may not believe it but it is included in the job description of beverage scientists to act as the customer interface who will accept any complaints and/or product questions that are thrown at the company.
Another thing about beverage scientists that you should know of is the fact that they study the physical, microbial, and also, the chemical properties of beverages and their ingredients so that they can assure that it will be safe for consumers to consume them. They have other responsibilities to take aside from what we mentioned above and they are as follow: they investigate and set standards for safety and quality; they establish low-cost wholesale beverage production methods; they work closely with other beverage production staff, and; they produce new beverage products. These are not the only things they do as beverage specialists also explore alternatives of manufacturing; ensure that beverage manufacturing process will follow standards set by the government, processing, consumer as well as industry; test beverage samples for certain types of bacteria, yeasts, and molds which might be harmful, and; evaluate the nutritional value, color, flavor and texture of the beverage.
We are sure that many of you here would want to become a great beverage scientist, yet, you must first have a bachelor’s degree in any of the following fields: beverage and chemical engineering; chemistry or microbiology, beverage science and technology, nutrition, and biochemistry as well. If you happen to have a different first degree than the fields mentioned above, do not worry since you can still become a beverage scientist, as long as you possess a beverage-related post graduate qualification. Surely, you do know how crucial the work of beverage scientists are, hence, having a working experience at any beverage industry will be to your advantage.
All in all, the job of a beverage scientists is more complex and complicated than what we think it will be.