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Agricultural Inspectors - 45-2011.00

O*NET-SOC Description

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

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Brand Inspector
  • Consumer Safety Inspector (CSI)
  • Deputy Brand Inspector
  • Food Inspector
  • Food Sanitarian
  • Grain Inspector
  • Inspector
  • Inspector, Food Safety and Inspection Service (Inspector, FSIS)
  • Seed and Fertilizer Specialist
  • Shipping Point Inspector

SOC Occupation Groups

45-0000 Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations
45-2000 Agricultural Workers
45-2010 Agricultural Inspectors
45-2011.00 Agricultural Inspectors

Related Occupations


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

Detailed Work Activities

  • Advise others on farming or forestry operations, regulations, or equipment.
  • Direct activities of agricultural, forestry, or fishery employees.
  • Examine animals to detect illness, injury or other problems.
  • Inspect products or operations to ensure that standards are met.
  • Maintain operational records.
  • Mark agricultural or forestry products for identification.
  • Measure physical characteristics of forestry or agricultural products.
  • Package agricultural products for shipment or further processing.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Food Safety Officer (Army - Warrant Officer only)
  • Superintendent, Inspector General (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Unit Supply Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Veterinary Food Inspection Specialist (Army - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

No information available.

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Field Service Technician, Poultry
  • Inspector, Agricultural Commodities