Consumer scientist

Consumer scientists study why people use or buy products and services, and give advice to retailers and manufacturers.

Average salary (a year)

£19,000 Starter

to

£50,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

37 to 39 a week

You could work

between 8am and 6pm

How to become a consumer scientist

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course

University

You’ll usually need a degree or equivalent qualification in a relevant subject like:

  • consumer studies
  • food and consumer product management
  • food science or technology
  • psychology
  • marketing
  • statistics

Some employers may ask for a postgraduate qualification in behavioural psychology or consumer behaviour.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 to 3 A levels for a degree
  • a degree in any subject for a postgraduate course

More information

Direct application

You may be able to apply directly if you've got relevant experience in a related industry, for instance food manufacturing or market research analysis.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • knowledge of English language
  • analytical thinking skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • customer service skills
  • ambition and a desire to succeed
  • persistence and determination
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages confidently

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your day-to-day duties may include:

  • researching and writing reports
  • testing recipes
  • recruiting and training panels or focus groups
  • conducting interviews with consumers
  • researching the tastes, needs and preferences of consumers
  • giving advice to manufacturers and retailers on improving items and services
  • developing tests to make sure products meet quality standards and legal requirements
  • representing consumers' rights 
  • advising hotels, restaurants, schools, residential care homes or hospitals on catering
  • advising on products ranging from household goods to public places
  • producing information on cookery, family health and new products
  • talking with the media
  • advising on healthy living in schools, colleges and universities
  • working for bodies like the Food Standards Agency or Trading Standards

Working environment

You could work in a laboratory, at a university or in an office.

Career path and progression

With experience you could progress into a management post. 
With training you could use your experience to move into a career in teaching.  

Current opportunities

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Courses In England

Level 3 Diploma in Food Technology and Management

  • Provider: REASEHEATH COLLEGE
  • Start date: 09 September 2019
  • Location: NANTWICH

Level 3 Applied Diploma in Food Technology

  • Provider: Wallingford School
  • Start date: 02 September 2019
  • Location: Wallingford

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