Pet Food Tester

Make sure pet food is not only nutritious but also tasty.
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Salary Range
$34,000 – $117,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Pet Food Testers do?

Not ones to let pets suffer from unhealthy, tasteless food, Pet Food Testers evaluate the nutritional value of pet food and, yes, taste-test it. Pet Food Testers don’t spend every day sampling a cuisine fit for a pampered pooch, though (don’t worry, most Pet Food Testers spit it out instead of swallowing it). Most days, they’re writing reports and thinking up new ideas on how to put a nutritional spin on a new line of food. Taste is important, but nutrition is the key to healthy pets.

Though dogs will eat anything, that doesn’t mean they should. Pet owners want flavorful, immune-boosting pet foods. Smell is also important when choosing the best options. No homeowner wants a house that stinks of fish.

After you’ve narrowed down the selection to the best vitamin-packed foods in the bunch, what in the world do you look for in the taste test? Pets can’t talk, after all, so you need to develop a sense of what animals like. Animal knowledge comes in handy here.

Once you’ve popped a small bite in your mouth, you check for flavor (if you’re saying, “Yuck!” then pets probably are, too), texture, and consistency. Then you spit it out and move on to the next flavor.

Pets the world over would give you a big hug if they could. Only the finest in pet dining makes it to store shelves, and you can consider yourself a connoisseur in pet delicacies. Bon appetit!


Should I be a Pet Food Tester?

You should have a doctoral degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Logical Thinker: You take a step-by-step approach to analyze information and solve problems.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Outside the Box Thinker: Your creative brainpower gets a workout as you come up with innovative ideas.

  • How to become a Pet Food Tester

    Most Pet Food Testers have a Doctorate. Start by getting your Bachelor's degree. Chart?chd=s:aaadz9&chl=|||bachelor%27s+%2825%25%29|master%27s+%2822%25%29|doctorate+%2853%25%29&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,0,53
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