Agricultural Inspectors
SOC: 45-2011.00


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

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
14,200 employed

Projected (2024):
14,100 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

Alternate Titles:

  • Agricultural Commodities Inspector
  • Agriculture Inspector
  • Brand Inspector
  • Cattle Examiner
  • Cattle Inspector
  • Certifier
  • Compliance Analyst
  • Compliance Coordinator
  • Compliance Manager
  • Consumer Safety Inspector (CSI)
  • Consumer Safety Officer (CSO)
  • Cotton Classer
  • Cotton Grader
  • Cotton Inspector
  • Dairy Inspector
  • Deputy Brand Inspector
  • Eggs Inspector
  • Field Disease and Insect Control Inspector
  • Fish Hatchery Inspector
  • Fish Inspector
  • Flour Inspector
  • Food Inspector
  • Food Product Inspector
  • Food Sanitarian
  • Fruit Inspector
  • Grain Inspector
  • Grain Sampler
  • Health Inspector
  • Health Inspector Food
  • Insect and Disease Inspection Supervisor
  • Inspector
  • Inspector, Food Safety and Inspection Service (Inspector, FSIS)
  • Land Inspector
  • Livestock Brands Inspector
  • Livestock Inspector
  • Logging Operations Inspector
  • Meat Grader
  • Milk Inspector
  • Milk Tester
  • Poultry Field Service Technician
  • Poultry Grader
  • Poultry Inspector
  • Route Inspector
  • Seed and Fertilizer Specialist
  • Shipping Point Inspector
  • Sugar Sampler
  • Tobacco Classer
  • Tobacco Grader
  • Tree Inspector
  • Vegetable Inspector
  • Wheat Inspector

  • Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed


    Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.


    These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.

    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Troubleshooting
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Food Production
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation

  • Tasks:

  • Inspect agricultural commodities or related operations, as well as fish or logging operations, for compliance with laws and regulations governing health, quality, and safety.
  • Inspect or test horticultural products or livestock to detect harmful diseases, chemical residues, or infestations and to determine the quality of products or animals.
  • Verify that transportation and handling procedures meet regulatory requirements.
  • Collect samples from animals, plants, or products and route them to laboratories for microbiological assessment, ingredient verification, or other testing.
  • Interpret and enforce government acts and regulations and explain required standards to agricultural workers.
  • Write reports of findings and recommendations and advise farmers, growers, or processors of corrective action to be taken.
  • Inspect the cleanliness and practices of establishment employees.
  • Monitor the operations and sanitary conditions of slaughtering or meat processing plants.
  • Inspect food products and processing procedures to determine whether products are safe to eat.
  • Take emergency actions, such as closing production facilities, if product safety is compromised.
  • Monitor the grading performed by company employees to verify conformance to standards.
  • Label and seal graded products and issue official grading certificates.
  • Set standards for the production of meat or poultry products or for food ingredients, additives, or compounds used to prepare or package products.
  • Direct or monitor the quarantine and treatment or destruction of plants or plant products.
  • Inquire about pesticides or chemicals to which animals may have been exposed.
  • Set labeling standards and approve labels for meat or poultry products.
  • Examine, weigh, and measure commodities, such as poultry, eggs, meat, or seafood to certify qualities, grades, and weights.
  • Compare product recipes with government-approved formulas or recipes to determine acceptability.
  • Review and monitor foreign product inspection systems in countries of origin to ensure equivalence to the U.S. system.
  • Provide consultative services in areas such as equipment or product evaluation, plant construction or layout, or food safety systems.
  • Advise farmers or growers of development programs or new equipment or techniques to aid in quality production.
  • Testify in legal proceedings.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Agricultural dividers
  • Bacon bomb samplers
  • Barley pearlers
  • Beam scales
  • Bean sack triers
  • Block weights
  • Blust drum samplers
  • Boerner dividers
  • Bulk lot triers
  • Cargo trucks
  • Counterpoise weights
  • Dehairing machines
  • Desktop computers
  • Digital cameras
  • Diverter samplers
  • Dockage testers
  • Double tube bag triers
  • Electronic mass comparators
  • Ellis cup samplers
  • Equal-arm scales
  • Extension ladders
  • Flour triers
  • Global positioning system GPS receivers
  • Grain hopper scales
  • Hand sieves
  • Hard hats
  • Light meters
  • Moisture detectors
  • Moisture scales
  • Near infrared NIR analyzers
  • Nuclear magnetic resonance NMR systems
  • Oil samplers
  • Packaging knives
  • Pelican samplers
  • Pipettes
  • Point-type samplers
  • Portable block weights
  • Probe-type samplers
  • Railway track scale test cars
  • Railway track scales
  • Rice bag triers
  • Rice millers
  • Rice shellers
  • Rice sizers
  • Rotary dividers
  • Sealed baskets
  • Single-tube open-ended bag triers
  • Syringes
  • Tankcar samplers
  • Tapered bag triers
  • Test weight apparatuses
  • Test weight kits
  • Thermal tape printers
  • Ticket printers
  • Truck probes
  • Vehicle weight scales
  • Image processing software
  • Microsoft Access
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Word

  • farming fishing and forestry

    industry stats

    SOC: 45-0000

    Total Employed: 454,230

    Average Annual Salary: $26,360