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Agricultural Inspectors

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

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

    WorkKeys®
    Applied Math
    4
    Workplace Documents
    5
    Graphic Literacy
    4
    Abilities
    • Problem Sensitivity

      The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

    • Deductive Reasoning

      The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

    • Inductive Reasoning

      The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

    Knowledge
    • Customer and Personal Service

      Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

    • Administration and Management

      Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

    • Clerical

      Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.

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    Pay
    • Ohio Annual Salary $46,220/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $22.22/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 390
    • Yearly Projected Openings 50
    Typical Education
    Personality
    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Dependability
    • Integrity
    • Attention to Detail
    • Cooperation
    • Self Control
    • Concern for Others
    Tools
    • Sorting machines for seed or grain or dried leguminous vegetables
    • Sample holders
    • Mechanical balances
    • Grading machines for seed or grain or dried leguminous vegetables
    • Calibration weights or weight sets
    Technology
    • Word processing software
    • Spreadsheet software
    • Presentation software
    • Graphics or photo imaging software
    • Data base user interface and query software
    Tags
    • Green occupations are jobs that contribute to energy conservation, development of alternative energy, reducing pollution, or recycling.