Beer breweries provide approximately 100,000 jobs in the United States as of 2010, according to the Brewer's Association. The reason for so many jobs is that in 2009, the beer industry made approximately £4.4 billion dollars in retail sales. To get the beer to the consumer, though, there are many different areas in the brewing process and the industry requires lots of people to fill the different types of jobs.
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Brewmasters or head brewers oversee and manage brewing, fermentation, "kegging" and quality control operations within a brewery, according to Bellevue Brewing Company, LLC. Brewmasters ensure safe, orderly and sanitary brewing conditions at all times in the brew house. Maintaining beer quality, monitoring finished beer goods and managing all related paperwork are additional tasks of the brewmaster. Typical educational requirements are a bachelor's degree relevant to the beer industry. Degree needs to be from an institution such as UC Davis.
Assistant brewmasters follow-up and monitor production brews, manage quality of raw materials and provide support of the production planning process. Assistant brewmasters manage budgets, production workers and make sure enough beer is being produced to meet sales demands. Education for an assistant brewer typically requires a degree in brewing science or brewing technology. At least five years experience in brewery operations and engineering principles related to brewing are often additional requirements.
Many beer breweries employ lab technicians to perform quality control checks in the brewery, according to Great Lakes Brewing Company. Quality checks on packaged beer products, product that is being processed, quality of raw materials and taste analysis are duties of a lab technician. Completing lab reports and ensuring lab environment is clean and sanitary, and data entry are also duties of a lab technician. To become a brewery lab technician, you'll need a degree in biology or microbiology or a related field with at least one year in chemistry. Two years experience working in brewery quality control may substitute for education.
Also known as a yeast fermentation specialist, duties in process development are to improve and upgrade yeast and fermentation processes. Managing and leading yeast and fermentation projects with internal and external sources are required. For yeast fermentation specialists, a PhD in food science and brewing technology and two to three years experience in fermentation and yeasts is required, according to Anheuser-Busch InBev.
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