Professional Career Opportunities - Job Title Details
Food Laboratory Specialist Trainee 1, G-13
Natural and Physical Sciences
Career Ladder Information
|Title||Grade||Hiring Rate/yr||Job Rate/yr|
|Food Laboratory Specialist Trainee 1||13||$47,925||$61,330|
|Food Laboratory Specialist Trainee 2||14||$50,678||$64,693|
|Food Laboratory Specialist 1||18||$63,108||$80,248|
All salary grades for trainees titles are non-statutory (NS) equated to the salary grade identified. These grade equations apply to the starting salaries in their respective salary schedule for the traineeship levels.
Food Laboratory Specialists use knowledge of chemistry, microbiology, and other sciences to conduct analytical testing in support of food safety, food security, agricultural interests, and consumer interests. Employees will use a variety of laboratory techniques to study, test, and analyze specific health hazards or accuracy of labeling
Trainees will receive a combination of structured training, on-the-job training, and/or practical job performance to gain the knowledge and experience necessary to function at the full performance level.
Agencies with this Title
You must meet the requirements below to qualify for this title.
A bachelor's or higher degree in analytical chemistry, animal physiology, animal science, aquatics and fisheries science, applied biology, applied nutrition and food technology, biochemistry, biology, biotechnology, chemistry, computational biology, dairy food technology, dairy production, environmental biology, environmental science, food science, genetics, global and public health sciences, human biology, health and society, inorganic chemistry, microbiology, molecular and cell biology, molecular biology, nutritional sciences, organic chemistry, plant biology, plant physiology, or plant sciences.
If chosen, you may, at the agency's discretion, be appointed to a higher level. You must inform the agency of any additional qualifications at your interview.
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For Trainee 2 you must also have one year of professional experience working in a government, private or academic laboratory performing biological or chemical analyses.
For the Full Performance Level you must also have two years of professional experience working in a government, private or academic laboratory performing biological or chemical analyses.
How to Apply
The November 2022 PCO Examination is closed, applications are no longer being accepted