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Career Details :: 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.
A minimum of two to four years of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an accountant must complete four years of college and work for several years in accounting to be considered qualified.
Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.
Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.
- Inspects horticultural products or livestock to detect harmful disease, infestation, or growth rate.
- Advises farmers and growers of development programs or new equipment and techniques to aid in quality production, applying agricultural knowledge.
- Inspects livestock to determine effectiveness of medication and feeding programs.
- Testifies in legal proceedings.
- Inspects facilities and equipment for adequacy, sanitation, and compliance with regulations.
- Writes reports of findings and recommendations and advises farmer, grower, or processor of corrective action to be taken.
- Collects sample of pests or suspected diseased animals or materials and routes to laboratory for identification and analysis.
- Examines, weighs, and measures commodities, such as poultry, eggs, meat, and seafood, to certify wholesomeness, grade, and weight.
- Farm and Home Management Advisors
- Farmers and Ranchers
- First-Line Supervisors and Manager/Supervisors of Agricultural Crop Workers
- First-Line Supervisors and Manager/Supervisors of Fishery Workers
- Fishers and Related Fishing Workers
- Food Scientists and Technologists
- Plant Scientists
- Purchasing Agents and Buyers, Farm Products
General Work Activities
- Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
- Inspecting Equipment, Structures, Material
- Getting Information Needed to Do the Job
- Evaluating Information Against Standards
- Provide Consultation & Advice to Others
Frequent Work Context
- Consequence of Error
- Responsible for Others' Health & Safety
- Importance of Being Sure All Is Done
- Importance of Being Exact or Accurate
- Frustrating Circumstances