Overview and Key Facts
Post high school credential
(Below US Average)
Jobs in 2029
What Do They Do?An agricultural inspector could...
Inspect a peanut processing plant to check for salmonella bacteria contamination.
Review a farm's feeding practices to ensure no meat is getting into the feed of chickens or cows.
Analyze a shipment of peaches to check its levels of pesticides.
Test samples at meat-packing plants for the presence of diseases.
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Who works to protect the public health from food-borne illnesses? Agricultural inspectors. Everyone needs to eat, and agricultural inspectors work to ensure the quality and safety of the food supply to determine if they are in compliance. They also inspect farms, businesses, and food-processing plants to determine if they are in compliance with government food regulations and laws.
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Do You Have the Skills and Characteristics of an Agricultural Inspector?
- Quality Control Analysis: ? Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
- 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.
- Judgment and Decision Making: ? Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
- Active Learning: ? Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
- Operation Monitoring: ? Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
- Coordination: ? Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Core TasksThink about if you'd like the typical tasks an Agricultural Inspector might do:
- 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.
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