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Career profile Food Batchmaker

Also known as Batching Operator, Blender, Brewing Technician, Compounder, Dough Scaler and Mixer, Mixer, Process Operator, Processing Operator, Syrup Maker

Food Batchmaker

Also known as Batching Operator, Blender, Brewing Technician

Interests Profile
  • Realistic
  • Conventional
  • Investigative
Pay Range
$22,890 - $50,580 (annual)
Required Skills
  • Operations Monitoring
  • Critical Thinking
  • Reading Comprehension
Knowledge Areas
  • Food Production
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Production and Processing
Core tasks
  • Record production and test data for each food product batch, such as the ingredients used, temperature, test results, and time cycle.
  • Clean and sterilize vats and factory processing areas.
  • Test food product samples for moisture content, acidity level, specific gravity, or butter-fat content, and continue processing until desired levels are reached.
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What does a Food Batchmaker do?

Food Batchmakers set up and operate equipment that mixes or blends ingredients used in the manufacturing of food products.

In addition, Food Batchmakers includes candy makers and cheese makers.

What kind of tasks does a Food Batchmaker perform regularly?

Food Batchmakers are often responsible for overseeing or executing some or all of the following tasks:

  • Record production and test data for each food product batch, such as the ingredients used, temperature, test results, and time cycle.
  • Clean and sterilize vats and factory processing areas.
  • Set up, operate, and tend equipment that cooks, mixes, blends, or processes ingredients in the manufacturing of food products, according to formulas or recipes.
  • Mix or blend ingredients, according to recipes, using a paddle or an agitator, or by controlling vats that heat and mix ingredients.
  • Follow recipes to produce food products of specified flavor, texture, clarity, bouquet, or color.
  • Select and measure or weigh ingredients, using English or metric measures and balance scales.
  • Give directions to other workers who are assisting in the batchmaking process.
  • Observe and listen to equipment to detect possible malfunctions, such as leaks or plugging, and report malfunctions or undesirable tastes to supervisors.
  • Press switches and turn knobs to start, adjust, and regulate equipment, such as beaters, extruders, discharge pipes, and salt pumps.
  • Determine mixing sequences, based on knowledge of temperature effects and of the solubility of specific ingredients.
  • Observe gauges and thermometers to determine if the mixing chamber temperature is within specified limits, and turn valves to control the temperature.
  • Modify cooking and forming operations based on the results of sampling processes, adjusting time cycles and ingredients to achieve desired qualities, such as firmness or texture.
  • Turn valve controls to start equipment and to adjust operation to maintain product quality.
  • Examine, feel, and taste product samples during production to evaluate quality, color, texture, flavor, and bouquet, and document the results.

The above responsibilities are specific to Food Batchmakers. More generally, Food Batchmakers are involved in several broader types of activities:

Controlling Machines and Processes
Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).
Monitoring Processes, Materials, or Surroundings
Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
Documenting/Recording Information
Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Materials
Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.

What is a Food Batchmaker salary?

The median salary for a Food Batchmaker is $32,710, and the average salary is $34,970. Both the median and average roughly describe the middle of the Food Batchmaker salary range, but the average is more easily affected by extremely high or low salaries.

Many Food Batchmakers earn significantly more or less than the average, due to several factors. About 10% of Food Batchmakers earn less than $22,890 per year, 25% earn less than $27,170, 75% earn less than $41,370, and 90% earn less than $50,580.

Between the years of 2020 and 2030, the number of Food Batchmakers is expected to change by 5.6%, and there should be roughly 20,700 open positions for Food Batchmakers every year.

Median annual salary
$32,710
Typical salary range
$22,890 - $50,580
Projected growth (2020 - 2030)
5.6%

What personality traits are common among Food Batchmakers?

Interests

Career interests describe a person's preferences for different types of working environments and activities. When a person's interest match the demands of an occupation, people are usually more engaged and satisfied in that role.

Compared to most occupations, those who work as a Food Batchmaker are usually higher in their Realistic and Conventional interests.

Food Batchmakers typically have very strong Realistic interests. Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.

Also, Food Batchmakers typically have very strong Conventional interests. Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.

Values

People differ in their values, or what is most important to them for building job satisfaction and fulfillment.

Compared to most people, those working as a Food Batchmaker tend to value Support, Relationships, and Working Conditions.

Most importantly, Food Batchmakers moderately value Support. Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees.

Second, Food Batchmakers moderately value Relationships. Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment.

Lastly, Food Batchmakers somewhat value Working Conditions. Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions.

Psychological Demands

Each occupation brings its own set of psychological demands, which describe the characteristics necessary to perform the job well.

In order to perform their job successfully, people who work as Food Batchmakers must consistently demonstrate qualities such as attention to detail, dependability, and achievement/effort.

Below, you'll find a list of qualities typically required of Food Batchmakers, ranked by importance:

Attention to Detail
Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
Dependability
Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
Achievement/Effort
Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
Self-Control
Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
Cooperation
Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.

What education and training do Food Batchmakers need?

Working as a Food Batchmaker usually requires a high school diploma.

Food Batchmakers need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with this occupation.

Educational degrees among Food Batchmakers

  • 19.5% did not complete high school or secondary school
  • 40.8% completed high school or secondary school
  • 22.3% completed some college coursework
  • 8.0% earned a Associate's degree
  • 7.0% earned a Bachelor's degree
  • 1.7% earned a Master's degree
  • 0.7% earned a doctorate or professional degree

Knowledge and expertise required by Food Batchmakers

Food Batchmakers may benefit from understanding of specialized subject areas, such as food production, public safety and security, or production and processing knowledge.

The list below shows several areas in which most Food Batchmakers might want to build proficiency, ranked by importance.

Food Production
Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.
Public Safety and Security
Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
Production and Processing
Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
Education and Training
Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
Mechanical
Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

Important Abilities needed by Food Batchmakers

Food Batchmakers must develop a particular set of abilities to perform their job well. Abilities are individual capacities that influence a person's information processing, sensory perception, motor coordination, and physical strength or endurance. Individuals may naturally have certain abilities without explicit training, but most abilities can be sharpened somewhat through practice.

For example, Food Batchmakers need abilities such as near vision, information ordering, and oral comprehension in order to perform their job at a high level. The list below shows several important abilities for Food Batchmakers, ranked by their relative importance.

Near Vision
The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
Information Ordering
The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Oral Comprehension
The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Control Precision
The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
Written Comprehension
The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

Critical Skills needed by Food Batchmakers

Skills are developed capacities that enable people to function effectively in real-world settings. Unlike abilities, skills are typically easier to build through practice and experience. Skills influence effectiveness in areas such as learning, working with others, design, troubleshooting, and more.

Food Batchmakers frequently use skills like operations monitoring, critical thinking, and reading comprehension to perform their job effectively. The list below shows several critical skills for Food Batchmakers, ranked by their relative importance.

Operations Monitoring
Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Critical Thinking
Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.
Reading Comprehension
Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work-related documents.
Operation and Control
Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
Active Listening
Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

What is the source of this information?

The information provided on this page is adapted from data and descriptions published by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration under the CC BY 4.0 license. TraitLab has modified some information for ease of use and reading, and the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment, and Training Administration has not approved, endorsed, or tested these modifications.

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