Agricultural Inspectors

Agricultural Inspectors

Agricultural inspectors inspect crops, livestock, and agricultural products to ensure that they meet government standards
Agricultural Inspectors
Love farms, animals, and produce but hate the long days and heavy lifting of farming? Why not become and inspector!
Why Should You Consider This Career?

1. Work outdoors, 2. Work with your hands, 3. Work with people

That's $3,300 per bi-weekly paycheck
That's 2000 new jobs in Utah per year (30% growth)
Less Physical                                         More Physical
Less Training                                          More Training
More Structure                                     Less Structure
Brand Inspector, Consumer Safety Inspector (CSI), Food Inspector, Food Safety and Inspection Service Inspector (FSIS Inspector), Food Sanitarian, Grain Inspector, Inspector, Seed and Fertilizer Specialist, Shipping Point Inspector
At A Glance in US
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398,000 (35%)
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398,000 (35%)
398,000 (35%)
Brand Inspector, Consumer Safety Inspector (CSI), Food Inspector, Food Safety and Inspection Service Inspector (FSIS Inspector), Food Sanitarian, Grain Inspector, Inspector, Seed and Fertilizer Specialist, Shipping Point Inspector
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Your Typical Day:

  • Inspect food products and processing procedures to determine whether products are safe to eat.
  • Interpret and enforce government acts and regulations and explain required standards to agricultural workers.
  • Set standards for the production of meat or poultry products or for food ingredients, additives, or compounds used to prepare or package products.
  • Inspect agricultural commodities or related operations, as well as fish or logging operations, for compliance with laws and regulations governing health, quality, and safety.
  • Label and seal graded products and issue official grading certificates.
  • Monitor the operations and sanitary conditions of slaughtering or meat processing plants.
  • Take emergency actions, such as closing production facilities, if product safety is compromised.
  • Verify that transportation and handling procedures meet regulatory requirements.
  • Inspect the cleanliness and practices of establishment employees.
  • Examine, weigh, and measure commodities, such as poultry, eggs, meat, or seafood to certify qualities, grades, and weights.
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Your Responsibilities

  • Establish standards for products, processes, or procedures.
  • Inspect products or operations to ensure that standards are met.
  • Mark agricultural or forestry products for identification.
  • Package agricultural products for shipment or further processing.
  • Warn individuals about rule violations or safety concerns.
  • Advise others on farming or forestry operations, regulations, or equipment.
  • Measure physical characteristics of forestry or agricultural products.
  • Examine animals to detect illness, injury or other problems.
  • Maintain operational records.
  • Direct activities of agricultural, forestry, or fishery employees.
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Knowledge You Will Learn

  • Customer and Personal Service

Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction. 63/100

  • Administration and Management

Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources. 59/100

  • Administrative

Knowledge of administrative and office procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and workplace terminology. 58/100

  • Law and Government

Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process. 58/100

  • Mathematics

Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications. 55/100

  • Public Safety and Security

Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions. 55/100

  • English Language

Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar. 54/100

  • Education and Training

Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects. 49/100

  • Food Production

Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques. 48/100

  • Computers and Electronics

Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming. 47/100

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Tools of the Trade

  • Sample holders
  • Sorting machines for seed or grain or dried leguminous vegetables
  • Calibration weights or weight sets
  • Grading machines for seed or grain or dried leguminous vegetables
  • Truck or rail scales
  • Mechanical balances
  • Ladders
  • Infrared imagers
  • Laboratory sifting equipment
  • Utility knives
  • Moisture balances
  • Dropping pipettes
  • Rice cleaning or hulling equipment
  • Sample preparation bombs
  • Moisture meters
  • Grinding mills
  • Laser printers
  • Profile projectors
  • Analytical balances
  • Medical syringes without needle
  • Global positioning system GPS receiver
  • Lux or light meter
  • Nuclear magnetic resonance NMR spectrometers
  • Floor or platform scales
  • Animal shearing or clipping equipment
  • Hard hats
  • Cargo trucks
  • Digital cameras
  • Desktop computers
  • Thermal tape printers
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