Agricultural Inspectors

Inspect agricultural commodities, processing equipment, and facilities, and fish and logging operations, to ensure compliance with regulations and laws governing health, quality, and safety.

Median Annual Wage: $43,090

Education: High school diploma or equivalent (56%); Associate's degree (12%); Some college, no degree (12%)

Projected Growth: Little or no change (-2% to 2%)

Related Job Titles: Inspector; Seed and Fertilizer Specialist; Grain Inspector; Brand Inspector; Consumer Safety Inspector (CSI); Deputy Brand Inspector; Food Inspector; Food Sanitarian; Inspector, Food Safety and Inspection Service (Inspector, FSIS); Shipping Point Inspector

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Source: O*NET OnLine information for Agricultural Inspectors.

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  • Interpret and enforce government acts and regulations and explain required standards to agricultural workers.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Agricultural Inspectors.

  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Systems Analysis - Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Agricultural Inspectors.

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