The sense of smell with its characteristics for the main olfactory systems and the more specific systems such as human olfactory system or accessory olfactory system.

Alternative labels

olfactory sensing
sense of smell
olfactory sense

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Relationships with occupations

Essential knowledge

Olfaction is an essential knowledge of the following occupations:

Sensory scientist: Sensory scientists carry out sensory analysis in order to compose or improve flavours and fragrances for the food, beverage and cosmetics industry. They base their flavour and fragrance development on sensory and consumer research. Sensory scientists carry out research and analyse statistical data to meet customers expectations.

Optional knowledge

Olfaction is optional for these occupations. This means knowing this knowledge may be an asset for career advancement if you are in one of these occupations.

Fragrance chemist: Fragrance chemists develop and improve fragrance chemicals by formulating, testing and analysing fragrances and their ingredients so that the end product meets the expectations and the needs of customers.




  1. Olfaction – ESCO


Last updated on September 20, 2022

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