Being a professional taste-tester isn't just getting paid to snack. The reality is that the job is repetitive and highly skilled.
As a kid, everyone fantasizes about getting to sample ice cream and cookies as a full-time1
career. The reality is the job is very detail-oriented and very repetitive.
When evaluating a product, testers can't just label it as "good" or "bad." Instead, a mathematical score has to be given for every aspect of the food, with testers identifying the strength of each specific flavor.
"It requires such a high level of concentration," one taste-tester told TODAY.com.
Sometimes a tester will have to sample a specific product, such as a cookie or cracker2
, for weeks on end.
"You're getting graded on what you do, so it's kind of stressful. You want to do a good job, and it's totally quantitative3
. You go into test-taking mode," the taste-tester added.