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Technical brewer

Technical brewers are in charge of the whole process of beer production and packaging.

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £18,000 to £45,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 40 per week

1. Entry requirements

To start as a trainee brewer you’ll usually need a degree in a relevant subject like chemical engineering, food science or technology, microbiology or chemistry.

You’ll also usually need experience in a management role and some knowledge of, or experience in, brewing and distilling.

2. Skills required

You’ll need:

  • practical skills
  • management and organisational skills
  • good decision making and problem solving skills
  • strong spoken and written communication skills

3. What you'll do

You’ll develop, test and produce new beers and manage brewery workers.

You could be involved in all stages of the brewing process, or be responsible for one part.

Your day-to-day tasks could include:

  • checking brewing conditions 
  • maintaining quality
  • keeping detailed records working with suppliers
  • overseeing technical developments
  • stock control
  • managing the packaging process

4. Salary

Starter: £18,000 to £24,000

Experienced: £25,000 to £35,000

Highly Experienced: £45,000

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You’ll usually work up to 40 hours a week on a shift rota, which may include evenings and weekends.

Conditions are sometimes noisy and humid.

You’ll usually wear protective clothing and safety boots.

6. Career path and progression

With experience you could progress to senior brewer or technical director.

You could become self-employed and set up your own micro-brewery.

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Last updated: 09 December 2016