Agricultural inspectors determine if farmers and food processors are using safe methods to care for livestock and to process food.
Agricultural inspectors examine food-processing plants to see if they meet federal regulations. This work serves to ensure public health by keeping unsafe food out of grocery stores.
$23.22 per hour on average
The outlook is Data not available
|Education & Training
Work experience (in related occupation) is common.
|Related Programs (Current training programs available)
|On the Job
- Inspect farms and food processors to see that they are clean and comply with federal regulations.
- Inspect crops and livestock for disease.
- Examine milk, eggs, meat, and seafood to see that they are safe to eat. Check that grade, price, and weight are correct.
- Examine livestock to see if their feed and medicines are working.
- Make recommendations to farmers, growers, and processors about how to respond to problems.
- Collect samples from animals or goods, and send them to laboratories for disease analysis.
- Report findings from laboratories and inspections.
- Issue official certificates of food grades.
- Give advice on how to improve product safety and increase production.
- Testify in court and at other hearings.
- May respond to consumer complaints about food products.
- May take emergency actions, such as closing a production facility, if necessary.
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