Product development scientists work across a variety of fields, and their tasks vary by industry. Many product development scientists work in the food industry; in that industry, some of the scientist's tasks include ensuring their organization meets government regulations and standards pertaining to sanitation, safety, waste management, and quality standards. Developing new food items for production based on consumer feedback is another common task, as is quality control analysis.
In general, a product development scientist works during regular business hours, although overtime may be required depending on the company. Product development scientists must have the ability to communicate well with others both verbally and in written form. They must also have excellent decision-making and problem solving skills, as well as excellent data-analysis skills and the ability to articulate findings to laypersons, industry experts, and a variety of professionals in their organizations.
Product development scientists generally need at least a bachelor's of science degree in a relevant field, such as chemistry, biochemistry, or pharmaceutics. Some employers may also prefer industry-specific experience or previous experience in a similar role.
Product Development Scientist Tasks
- Track and ensure compliance to laws, regulations, guidelines, and safety standards.
- Design products and research projects based on specifications, competitive analyses, and market research.
- Act as expert in available technologies, materials, procedures, and research project management.
- Seek and understand developments in relevant fields and the competition.