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Consumer scientist

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

Potential salary
£19,000 to £50,000
Working hours
37 to 39 a week
  • 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
  • the ability to read English
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages confidently

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

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

With experience you could progress into a management post.

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

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