Chemist, Food

Lab Chemist

Research Chemist

Minimum B. Sc (Bio-Chemistry/Chemistry)

Will be updated

The tasks a Chemist, Food is expected to perform include:

Conducting research and analysis concerning chemistry of foods to develop and improve food and beverages

Developing new food, additives, preservatives, anti-adulteration agents, and related products

Studying effects of various methods of processing, preservation, and packaging on composition and properties of foods

Ensuring compliance with food laws, and standards of quality and purity

Knowledge of conducting tests and experiments with natural and synthetic materials or by-products to develop new food, additives, preservatives, anti-adulteration agents, and related products

Well-versed with the composition and properties of foods, such as colour, texture, aroma, taste, shelf life, and nutritive content

Proficient in testing food and beverage samples, such as starch, sugar, cereals, beer, canned and dehydrated food products, meat, vegetables, dairy foods, etc.

Well-versed with the standard and compliance of food laws, quality and purity

In-depth knowledge of chemicals


Knowledge of performing, or supervising workers performing quality control tests in food processing, canning, freezing, brewing or distilling

Team player

Excellent communication skills


Problem solving skills

Analytical thinking

Eye for detail

Result oriented

Accuracy in work

It needs one to be on their toes

Need not handle a team

Local travelling is not a part of this job

Part-time work and contractual jobs are available in some cities

Work from home option is not available

Working hours
Working hours are 10/12 hours everyday for 5/6 days a week. This may vary from factory to factory

Shift system maybe available

Is the job suitable for a candidate with special needs
This job is suitable for candidates with One Arm (OA), One Leg (OL), Both Legs (BL) and those having Hearing Impaired (HH)

The job is considered mildly hazardous or dangerous

Health hazards include exposure to chemicals, carcinogenic, mutagenic and teratogenic substances, high temperatures and thermal stress from melting, drying, burning and ionizing radiation caused by radioactive materials, etc.

Occupational hazards include injuries, slips, cuts, burns, electric shock, musculoskeletal disorders, stress, etc.

For freshers - INR 12,500 to INR 15,000 per month

For candidates with 2-3 years of experience or more - INR 20,000 to INR 23,000 per month

(These figures are indicative and subject to change)

Overview of the Chemical & Petrochemical Sector in India

Global chemical market size was estimated at USD 3.9 trillion in 2013 and is expected to grow at 3-4% per annum over the next 5 years to reach USD 4.7 trillion by 2018. India currently accounts for approximately 3% of the worlds chemical market. The Indian chemical and petrochemical industry expanded in 2013 despite weakness in key export markets and subdued growth in the domestic market. The Indian chemical and petrochemical industry currently stands at USD 118 Bn and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 8% for the next five years.

Bulk chemicals form the largest sub-segment of Indian chemical industry with 40% market share whereas the specialty chemical with 19% market share is the fastest growing segment. Together, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh account for more than 50% of Gross Value Add (GVA) and Gross Output of the chemical and petrochemical industry in India.

The petrochemicals industry is a significant industry for the Indian economy. The growth of this industry is closely linked to economic growth of a country. Today, petrochemical products permeate the entire spectrum of daily use items and cover almost every sphere of life like clothing, housing, construction, furniture, automobiles, household items, agriculture, horticulture, irrigation, packaging, medical appliances, electronics and electrical etc. The Indian petrochemical market has grown at a CAGR of 11% from USD 19.3 billion in FY11 to USD 24 billion in FY13. The demand for basic petrochemicals and end products petrochemicals is expected to grow at a CAGR of 10% to reach 16 mmtpa and 19.5 mn tons by FY18 respectively.

The current per capita consumption of products of chemical industry in India is about 1/10th of the worlds average. The low per capita consumption across industries and segments and strong growth outlook for the key end use are the key growth drivers for the chemical and petrochemical industry in India.

Chemical and petrochemical industry is human resource intensive industry and hence employs a large number of people across the world, currently the industry provide employment to about 1 million people in India. With the growing demand the manufacture and marketing of chemicals will continue to offer substantial employment opportunities both for skilled and unskilled persons. The industry also generates indirect employment for the chemicals, engineering, packaging and transport industry. With the additional emphasis on exports, there will be new opportunities in logistics and marketing as well.

Food processing companies across India

Towns and cities across India