While food and beverages are being prepared, flavorings compounders add various ingredients or flavors to the products. They ensure the measurements of ingredients are accurate, monitor the temperatures of various cooking equipment and conduct quality checks when needed. The minimum level of education required for this career is the completion of high school.
As a type of food processing worker or food batchmaker, flavorings compounders add ingredients to products such as candies or baked goods as they're being made. Applicants for these positions will need to finish high school or earn a GED before they can start performing these tasks at factories or warehouses.
|Required Education||High school diploma or the equivalent|
|Projected Job Growth (2014-2024)||Between -1 and 1% (Food Batchmakers)*|
|Median Annual Salary (May 2015)||$26,950 (Food Batchmakers)**|
Sources: *O'Net OnLine, **United States Bureau of Labor Statistics
Flavorings Compounder Education Requirements
Applicants for positions as flavorings compounders might also benefit from having completed high school coursework in mathematics, home economics and chemistry, since job duties often require flavorings compounders to convert measurements from standard to metric units or vice versa. Additionally, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), these food batchmakers can spend as much as a year learning recipes, production procedures and equipment to use on the job (www.bls.gov). With additional experience, flavorings compounders can advance to supervisory positions.
Flavorings compounders add flavoring agents, such as emulsions, liquid compounds or spices, to foods and beverages. They also monitor the temperature of cooking vats and tanks, use scales to measure and weigh materials and operate mixing equipment. Other job duties can include performing spot checks to ensure product quality or keeping work areas and equipment clean.
General skills and abilities required for this position include manual dexterity, critical thinking skills and mechanical aptitude. Some positions also require flavorings compounders to operate a forklift. They must be able to lift heavy materials and stand for long periods of time on the production lines manufacturing plants and warehouses as well.
Salary and Employment Outlook
The BLS reported that food batchmakers, such as flavorings compounders, earned an average wage of $14.04 per hour as of May 2015. The median annual salary for this position was $26,950. The demand for food batchmakers was expected to experience little or no change from 2014-2024, according to O'Net OnLine. This may be attributed to improvements made to the automated processes involved in the manufacture of these foods as well as consolidation within the food processing industry.
Many flavorings compounders work within a factory setting, so they should possess basic mechanical skills, be prepared to stand up for extended periods and have the ability to lift heavy items. Some of the high school coursework that may be beneficial in this career includes home economics, math and chemistry. O'Net OnLine reported there will be little to no change in job opportunities for flavorings compounders between 2014-2024.