Agriculture and Garden Careers | Food / Agricultural Inspector

Food / Agricultural Inspector

Career Area: Agriculture, Horticulture, & the Outdoors

Occupation Group: Agriculture Workers

Salary

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An example would be the 25th percentile, 25 percent of workers employed in that occupation earn less and 75 percent earn more than the estimated wage value. At the 75th percentile, 75 percent of workers employed in that occupation earn less and 25 percent earn more than the estimated wage value.

A typical Food / Agricultural Inspector earns the following wages (national and state):

State

The average salary in North Carolina for those pursuing this career is $41,744

*The salaries depicted here are representative of the range of salaries posted in job listings over the past year. Living wage in North Carolina is $30,000.

National

The average salary in the United States for those pursuing this career is $42,039

*The salaries depicted here are representative of the range of salaries posted in job listings over the past year. Living wage in North Carolina is $30,000.

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Inspects food, processed food and food containers to be sure they are safe for consumers, or inspects animals, animal feed or crops to check for disease that could affect food supplies. Checks for compliance with private industry standards or federal food safety and agricultural regulations.

Employment Trends

The job demand and job growth statistics shown here were derived from job posts over the past year. Expected job growth projections are extrapolated from year-over-year job post listing history.

Job demand and job growth is expected at the following rates:

LocationGrowth
North Carolina68+5.4%
Nationwide3179+6.2%

Skills

A professional in this position typically utilizes the following skills in the course of everyday work in this exciting and challenging field:

Baseline Skills

The following are baseline skills every Food / Agricultural Inspector is expected to have in order to experience success in this field:

  • Physical Abilities: Physical Abilities, which refers to the ability to quickly and repeatedly bend, stretch, twist, or reach out with the body, arms, and/or legs. These abilities often require strength, endurance, flexibility, balance and coordination.
  • Communication Skills: The ability to convey information to another effectively and efficiently.
  • Detail-Oriented: A detail oriented person is someone who pays attention to the details and can make a conscious effort to understand causes instead of just the effects, and that does this in a second nature type of way.
  • Time Management: Time management is the process of planning and exercising conscious control over the amount of time spent on specific activities - especially to increase effectiveness, efficiency or productivity.
  • Listening: Expertise in focusing on the words and intention being communicated by another in a way that demostrates focus and enhances the effectiveness of the interaction.

Specialized Skills

These skills are specific to working in this career:

  • Food Safety: Food safety is a scientific discipline describing handling, preparation, and storage of food in ways that prevent foodborne illness.
  • Food Preparation: Food preparation preparing food for eating, generally requires selection, measurement and combination of ingredients in an ordered procedure so as to achieve desired results.
  • Quality Assurance and Control: Working experience with processes used to measure and assure the quality of a product and ensuring products and services meet consumer expectations.
  • Food Science: Food science is the applied science devoted to the study of food.
  • Food Service Experience: Foodservice(US English) or catering industry (British English)definesthose businesses, institutions, and companies responsible for any meal prepared outside the home. This industry includes restaurants, school and hospital cafeterias, catering operations, and many other formats

Distinguishing Skills

Any Food / Agricultural Inspector that possesses the following skills will stand out against the competition:

  • Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP): Working experience of Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP), which is a systematic preventive approach to food safety from biological, chemical, and physical hazards in production processes that can cause the finished product to be unsafe, and designs measurements to reduce these risks to a safe level.

Experience

This position typically requires the following level of experience. The numbers presented in the pie charts below were derived from actual job posts over the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Experience Required%
0 to 2 years47%
3 to 5 years53%
6 to 8 years0%

Many of the programs offered through NC State are designed for working professionals who need additional credentials to enhance existing work experience.

Students who do not have the expected level of experience may wish to look into internship and employment opportunities.

Common Job Titles

It is possible to find work in this field in positions commonly listed as the following job titles:

  • Food Inspector
  • Food Safety Specialist
  • Specialist Operational Excellence And Food Safety
  • Fruit Expert
  • Food Safety Specialist In , | Careers

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