Food / Agricultural Inspector
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.
There were 68 Food / Agricultural Inspector job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 3179 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 2004:
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.
The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $42,039.
The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $41,744.
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 $32,463.
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.
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 Experience||Percentage|
|0 to 2 years||47%|
|3 to 5 years||53%|
|6 to 8 years||0%|
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.
A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.
- Physical Abilities (50%)
- Communication Skills (39%)
- Detail-Oriented (35%)
- Time Management (27%)
- Listening (26%)
A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.
- Food Safety (61%)
- Food Preparation (39%)
- Quality Assurance and Control (36%)
- Food Science (31%)
- Food Service Experience (28%)
A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.
- Manual Dexterity (20%)
- Eye Disease knowledge (19%)
- Anesthesiology (18%)
- Description and Demonstration of Products (16%)
- Annuities (12%)
A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.
- Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) (7%)
Alternative Job Titles
Sometimes employers post jobs with Food / Agricultural Inspector skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:
- Food Inspector
- Food Safety Specialist
- Specialist Operational Excellence And Food Safety
- Fruit Expert
- Food Safety Specialist In , | Careers
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.
- Farm / Nursery / Greenhouse Worker
- Agricultural Lender
- Soil / Plant Scientist
- Field Biologist
- Farm / Ranch Manager
- Wildlife Biologist
- Forest / Conservation Technician
Here are the employers that have posted the most Food / Agricultural Inspector jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.
- Steritech (773)
- US Government (254)
- Food Safety Inspection (238)
- US Department of Agriculture (109)
- Edible Arrangements (89)
- Steritech (16)
- Food Safety Inspection (10)
- US Government (9)
- US Department of Agriculture (8)
- Edible Arrangements Franchise (3)
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!