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Food / Agricultural Inspector

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

A Food or Agricultural Inspector 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.

Job Outlook

There were 45 Food / Agricultural Inspector job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 2197 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the Food / Agricultural Inspector industry, which includes the Food / Agricultural Inspector career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2015:

Salary

Many new Food / Agricultural Inspector jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.

National

The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $40,245.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $40,245.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Food / Agricultural Inspector postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $33,077.

Education and Experience

Posted Food / Agricultural Inspector jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.

Education LevelPercentage
Associate's Degree5.83%
Bachelor's Degree39.55%
Master's Degree4.46%
Doctoral Degree1.5%
Other38.14%

Posted Food / Agricultural Inspector jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Years of ExperiencePercentage
0 to 2 years79.97%
3 to 5 years18.04%
6 to 8 years0.96%
9+ years1.03%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Food / Agricultural Inspector positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.

Baseline Skills

A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.

  • Communication (43.74%)
  • Management (35.69%)
  • Operations (33.5%)
  • Sanitation (31.45%)
  • Lifting Ability (29.27%)
  • Quality Control (29.22%)
  • Mathematics (24.76%)
  • Sorting (19.07%)
  • Fine Motor Skills (18.25%)
  • Customer Service (14.84%)

Defining Skills

A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.

  • Food Inspection (25.93%)
  • Wholesaling (24.8%)
  • Poultry (34.33%)
  • Agriculture (35.19%)
  • Laboratory Testing (24.09%)
  • Food Safety And Sanitation (48.13%)
  • Biology (33.46%)

Necessary Skills

A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.

  • Animal Health (7.04%)
  • Auditing (10.94%)
  • Butchering (21.82%)
  • Hazard Analysis And Critical Control Points (HACCP) (9.91%)
  • Animal Science (5.47%)
  • Restaurant Operation (22.31%)
  • Analytics (21.28%)
  • Seafood Preparation (21.71%)
  • Standard Operating Procedure (12.24%)
  • Meat Cutting (21.98%)
  • Food Science (6.71%)
  • Methods Of Production (21.33%)
  • Food Preparation (21.87%)
  • Agricultural Science (23.01%)
  • General Mathematics (4.06%)
  • Medication Administration (21.22%)
  • Anesthesias (21.28%)
  • Warehousing (17.65%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Agricultural Commodities (4.17%)

Salary Boosting Skills

A professional who wishes to excel in this career path may consider developing the following highly valued skills. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is listed.

  • Food Safety And Sanitation (80.82%)
  • Laboratory Testing (40.45%)
  • Poultry (57.64%)
  • Food Inspection (43.55%)
  • Agricultural Commodities (7%)

Alternative Job Titles

Sometimes employers post jobs with Food / Agricultural Inspector skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:

  • Slaughterer
  • Recruitment Intern
  • Produce Inspector
  • Meat Inspector
  • Agricultural Inspector
  • Food Safety Inspector
  • Inspector
  • Quality Control Inspector
  • Agriculture Inspector
  • Quality Assurance Inspector

Similar Occupations

If you are interested in exploring occupations with similar skills, you may want to research the following job titles. Note that we only list occupations that have at least one corresponding NC State Online and Distance Education program.

Common Employers

Here are the employers that have posted the most Food / Agricultural Inspector jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • Food Safety And Inspection Service (222)
  • Usda Food Safety & Inspection Service (136)
  • US Foods Holding (79)
  • Sysco (47)
  • Medline Industries (37)
  • Farm Service Agency (35)
  • Stoughton Trailers (30)
  • Department Of State Health Services (29)
  • FL Dept Of Agriculture & Consumer SVCS (28)
  • United States Department of Agriculture (25)

North Carolina

  • Usda Food Safety & Inspection Service (10)
  • State of North Carolina (8)
  • United States Forest Service (5)
  • Burlington Industries (4)
  • Food Safety And Inspection Service (2)
  • Mastec North America (2)
  • Wake Aquatic Partners (1)
  • Thermo Fisher Scientific (1)
  • Smithfield Foods (1)
  • Burlington Industries V (1)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

If you are interested in preparing for a career in this field, the following NC State Online and Distance Education programs offer a great place to start!