Graders and Sorters, Agricultural Products
SOC: 45-2041.00

Description:

Grade, sort, or classify unprocessed food and other agricultural products by size, weight, color, or condition.


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
53,000 employed

Projected (2024):
48,900 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 Establishment Grader Inspector
  • Agricultural Establishment Inspector-Grader
  • Agricultural Produce Sorter
  • Agriculture Laborer
  • Apple Inspector
  • Apple Sorter
  • Apple Turner
  • Asparagus Buncher
  • Banana Expert
  • Banana Grader
  • Bean Sorter
  • Bulb Grader
  • Butter Grader
  • Camelid Fiber Sorter
  • Carrot Buncher
  • Carrot Tier
  • Casing Grader
  • Celery Cutter
  • Celery Packer
  • Celery Stripper
  • Celery Tier
  • Celery Wrapper
  • Cheese Grader
  • Cheese Packer
  • Cherry Sorter
  • Chick Grader
  • Chick Sexer
  • Chicken Sexer
  • Citrus Fruit Packer
  • Clam Sorter
  • Coffee Sampler
  • Coffee Taster
  • Coffee Weigher
  • Coloring Room Man
  • Coloring Room Worker
  • Corn Lab Technician
  • Cotton Classer
  • Cotton Classer Aide
  • Cotton Expert
  • Cotton Grader
  • Cotton Seed Culler
  • Egg Candler
  • Egg Grader
  • Egg Sorter
  • Egg Tester
  • Egg Trayer
  • Egg Worker
  • Eggs Inspector
  • Elevator Operator
  • Fish Liver Sorter
  • Fish Roe Technician
  • Flour Tester
  • Flower Grader
  • Food Taster
  • Fruit Checker
  • Fruit Culler
  • Fruit Grader
  • Fruit Inspector
  • Fruit Packer
  • Fruit Sorter
  • Fruit Worker
  • Grader
  • Grain Grader
  • Grain Inspector
  • Grain Picker
  • Grain Sampler
  • Hide Grader
  • Inspector Aide
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Leaf Size Picker
  • Leaf Sorter
  • Leaf Stripper
  • Lettuce Trimmer
  • Meat Grader
  • Meat Inspector
  • Milk Inspector
  • Milk Sampler
  • Nut Culler
  • Nut Grader
  • Nut Packer
  • Nut Picker
  • Nut Sorter
  • Olive Grader
  • Onion Tier
  • Oyster Grader
  • Oyster Picker
  • Oyster Sorter
  • Packer
  • Peanut Cleaner
  • Peanut Grader
  • Peanut Separator
  • Pecan Cleaner
  • Pecan Picker
  • Picker
  • Potato Grader
  • Potato Inspector
  • Potato Sorter
  • Poultry Grader
  • Poultry Inspector
  • Poultry Sexer
  • Produce Inspector
  • Produce Laborer
  • Produce Sorter
  • Quality Control Technician
  • Ring Facer
  • Sales Inspector
  • Sample Grader
  • Seed Sorter
  • Sorter
  • Sorting Machine Operator
  • Spud Grader
  • Spud Sorter
  • Strawberry Sorter
  • Tobacco Grader
  • Tobacco Sizer
  • Tobacco Sorter
  • Vegetable Buncher
  • Vegetable Grader
  • Vegetable Inspector
  • Vegetable Sorter
  • Vegetable Specker
  • Washer
  • Wool and Pelt Grader
  • Wool Fleece Grader
  • Wool Fleece Sorter
  • Wool Grader
  • Wool Puller
  • Wool Sorter


  • Job Zone One: Little or No Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    Little or no previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, a person can become a waiter or waitress even if he/she has never worked before.

    Education:

    Some of these occupations may require a high school diploma or GED certificate.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few days to a few months of training. Usually, an experienced worker could show you how to do the job.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Time Management

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Food Production
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

  • Grade and sort products according to factors such as color, species, length, width, appearance, feel, smell, and quality to ensure correct processing and usage.
  • Discard inferior or defective products or foreign matter, and place acceptable products in containers for further processing.
  • Weigh products or estimate their weight, visually or by feel.
  • Place products in containers according to grade and mark grades on containers.
  • Record grade or identification numbers on tags or on shipping, receiving, or sales sheets.
  • Separate fiber tufts between fingers to assess strength, uniformity, and cohesive quality of fibers.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • 12-inch aluminum Kemper calipers
  • 6-inch plastic calipers
  • Apple corers
  • Belt conveyors
  • Binocular light compound microscopes
  • Cherry sizers
  • Color sorters
  • Crate openers
  • Cross belt sorters
  • Deformation testers
  • Diameter sorting machines
  • Digital calipers
  • Digital cameras
  • Digital refractometers
  • Digital surface thermometers
  • Diverter samplers
  • Drag conveyors
  • Electronic penetrometers
  • Firmness testers
  • Garlic presses
  • General purpose sizers
  • Grape sizers
  • Indented cylinder graders
  • Kick sorters
  • Meat probes
  • Onion sizers
  • Optical reflectometers
  • Overhead diverters
  • Overhead weighing systems
  • Paddle sorters
  • Peanut triers
  • Potato sizers
  • Probes
  • Rotary sifters
  • Seed graders
  • Shape sorting machines
  • Specific gravity separators
  • Tomato sizers
  • Utility knives
  • Vibrating screens
  • Weight sorting machines
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft Word


  • farming fishing and forestry


    industry stats

    SOC: 45-0000

    Total Employed: 454,230

    Average Annual Salary: $26,360