Food and Beverage Processing Supervisors

(NOC 9213)

in All Manufacturing and Utilities

These supervisors coordinate and supervise the activities of workers who operate processing and packaging machines, and workers who grade food and beverage products. They work for fruit and vegetable processing plants, dairies, flour mills, bakeries, sugar refineries, fish plants, meat plants, breweries and other food and beverage processing businesses.

Job Outlook

Average

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  • Estimate Stable employment change, 2019-2021
  • Estimate 30 openings due to growth and retirements, 2018-2020
  • Estimate High rate of unemployment in 2019

Compared to: All Manufacturing and Utilities

  • Estimate 75 employment change, 2019-2021
  • Estimate 1460 openings due to growth and retirements, 2018-2020
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for these occupation.

The employment outlook over the next few years for this occupational group is “average”, which indicates the chances of a qualified individual finding work is comparable to the average for all occupations in Nova Scotia. This is not a large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities may not be that frequent. The number employed in this occupation is expected to remain largely the same over the next few years. With a moderate percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to contribute somewhat to employment opportunities over the coming years. Supervisors in Food and Beverage Processing most commonly work full-time hours.

The median employment income for 60% of Supervisors in Food and Beverage Processing who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $48,944. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2016 Census)

Hourly Pay

$13.00

Minimum

$20.00

Median

$36.20

Maximum

Annual Pay

$16,534

Minimum

$42,792

Median

$69,066

Maximum

Compared to: All Manufacturing and Utilities

Hourly Pay

$13.00

Minimum

$23.91

Median

$35.04

Maximum

Annual Pay

$6,056

Minimum

$30,111

Median

$70,518

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

These supervisors coordinate and supervise the activities of workers who operate processing and packaging machines, and workers who grade food and beverage products. They work for fruit and vegetable processing plants, dairies, flour mills, bakeries, sugar refineries, fish plants, meat plants, breweries and other food and beverage processing businesses.

Job duties

Supervisors in this group:

  • Supervise, coordinate and schedule the activities of workers.
  • Create methods to meet work schedules and coordinate work activities with other departments.
  • Solve work problems and recommend ways to improve productivity and product quality.
  • Request materials and supplies.
  • Train staff in job duties, safety procedures and company policy.
  • Recommend staffing actions like hiring and promotions.
  • Prepare production and other reports.
  • Hazard analysis critical control point (HACCP) coordinators identify, evaluate, control and prevent hazards at all stages of the food production process.

Sample job titles

  • bottling supervisor
  • brewer supervsior
  • cannabis processing supervisor
  • fish processing supervisor
  • flour milling team supervisor
  • food product testers supervisor
  • hazard analysis critical control point (HACCP) coordinator
  • meat packing supervisor
  • packaging supervisor
  • poultry graders foreman/woman
  • production supervisor
  • tobacco processing supervsior
  • vegetable packing supervisor

Skills

You must be able to supervise staff, work with teams, communicate effectively, and maintain production schedules. Problem-solving, technical writing, and computer skills are important. For some jobs, physical stamina may be necessary.

Job requirements

  • High school is usually required.
  • College or university education in microbiology or chemistry may be needed for some positions in this group. Several years of experience in the food or beverage processing industry are required.
  • Hazard analysis critical control point (HACCP) coordinators require HACCP certification and several years of experience in quality assurance of food production.

Other considerations

There is some movement between this group of jobs when producing similar products or with similar technological or licensing requirements. Movement to managerial positions is also possible with experience.

By the numbers

Quick look

440

employed in 2016

89.8%

employed full-time

2.3%

self employed

23.9%
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76.1%
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49.3

median age

Compared to: All Manufacturing and Utilities

15,275

employed in 2016

83.2%

employed full-time

3.2%

self employed

27.6%
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72.4%
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44.7

median age

Where will I likely work?

36.8%

Southern

20.7%

North Shore

17.2%

Annapolis Valley

14.9%

Halifax

10.3%

Cape Breton

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

North Shore

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

77.0%

Manufacturing

10.8%

Wholesale trade

8.1%

Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting

4.1%

Retail trade

What is the age of Employment?

40.0%

45-54

22.0%

55-64

20.0%

35-44

14.0%

25-34

5.0%

65+

Compared to: All Manufacturing and Utilities

24.5%

45-54

20.8%

55-64

19.3%

35-44

16.5%

25-34

15.0%

15-24

Top levels of education

31.8%

High school

$41,620 median annual income
23.9%

College certificate or diploma

$43,794 median annual income
20.5%

Less than high school

$39,843 median annual income
11.4%

Trades certificate

$38,647 median annual income
8.0%

Bachelor's degree

$58,151 median annual income

Compared to: All Manufacturing and Utilities

38.1%

High school

$28,505 median annual income
23.3%

Less than high school

$19,224 median annual income
19.9%

College certificate or diploma

$38,781 median annual income
12.2%

Trades certificate

$43,975 median annual income
4.5%

Bachelor's degree

$39,715 median annual income

Education & training

Adult high school/secondary diploma programs

This program is typically offered at the high school level.

The Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning (NSSAL) administers, coordinates, and supports the development and delivery of adult education programs through learning partners in Nova Scotia. Our learning partners include the Nova Scotia Community College, Adult High Schools, Université Sainte-Anne, and community-based learning organizations that offer tuition-free programming across the province. NSSAL offers clear, accessible pathways from adult basic education to a high school credential or GED, empowering Nova Scotians to achieve their learning and employment goals.

Institutions providing this program

Universite Sainte-Anne

Siège Social: 1695, Route 1

Pointe-de-l'Église, NS B0W 1M0

(902) 769-2114

Nova Scotia Community College - Adult Learning

PO Box 220

Halifax, NS B3J 2M4

(866) 679-6722

Adult High Schools

Various, NS

Community Learning Organizations

Various, NS

Biochemistry

This program is typically offered at the college or university level.

This instructional program class includes any program that focuses on the scientific study of the chemistry of living systems, their fundamental chemical substances and reactions, and their chemical pathways and information transfer systems, with particular reference to carbohydrates, proteins, lipids, and nucleic acids. These programs include courses in bio-organic chemistry, protein chemistry, bioanalytical chemistry, bioseparations, regulatory biochemistry, enzymology, hormonal chemistry, calorimetry, and research methods and equipment operation.

Institutions providing this program

Dalhousie University

Office of the Registrar

Halifax, NS B3H 4R2

(902) 494-2450

University of King's College

6350 Coburg Road

Halifax, NS B3H 2A1

(902) 422-1271

Biophysics

This program is typically offered at the college or university level.

This instructional program class includes any program that focuses on the application of physics principles to the scientific study of the mechanisms of biological processes and assemblies at all levels of complexity. These programs include courses in research methods and equipment operation and applications to subjects such as bioenergetics, biophysical theory and modelling, electrophysics, membrane biology, channels, receptors and transporters, contractility and muscle function, protein shaping and folding, molecular and supramolecular structures and assemblies, and computational science.

Institutions providing this program

Dalhousie University

Office of the Registrar

Halifax, NS B3H 4R2

(902) 494-2450

Chemistry - General

This program is typically offered at the college or university level.

This instructional program class includes any general program that focuses on the scientific study of the composition and behaviour of matter, including its micro- and macro-structure, the processes of chemical change, and the theoretical description and laboratory simulation of these phenomena.

Institutions providing this program

Acadia University

15 University Avenue

Wolfville, NS B4P 2R6

(902) 542-2201

Dalhousie University

Office of the Registrar

Halifax, NS B3H 4R2

(902) 494-2450

University of King's College

6350 Coburg Road

Halifax, NS B3H 2A1

(902) 422-1271

Mount Saint Vincent University

166 Bedford Highway

Halifax, NS B3M 2J6

(902) 457-6117

St. Francis Xavier University

PO Box 5000

Antigonish, NS B2G 2W5

(902) 867-2219

Saint Mary's University

923 Robie Street

Halifax, NS B3H 3C3

(902) 420-5400

Cape Breton University

PO Box 5300 1250 Grand Lake Road

Sydney, NS B1P 6L2

(888) 959-9995

Microbiology - General

This program is typically offered at the college or university level.

This instructional program class includes any program that focuses on the scientific study of unicellular organisms and colonies, and subcellular genetic matter and their ecological interactions with human beings and other life. These programs include courses in microbial genetics, cell biology, cell physiology, virology, pathogenic microbiology, environmental microbiology, immunology, biostatistics, bioinformatics, and laboratory methods including microscopy.

Institutions providing this program

Dalhousie University

Office of the Registrar

Halifax, NS B3H 4R2

(902) 494-2450

University of King's College

6350 Coburg Road

Halifax, NS B3H 2A1

(902) 422-1271

Employment requirements & contacts

No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile

Contacts

Food Processing Skills Canada
3030 Conroy Road, Suite 201
Ottawa, ON K1G 6C2
Tel: (877) 963-7472
Fax: (613) 237-9939

Additional resources

There are no additional resources for this occupation.

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