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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 49 Food / Agricultural Inspector job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 2288 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 $43,462.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $43,462.

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 $34,790.

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 Degree0%
Bachelor's Degree39.64%
Master's Degree3.98%
Doctoral Degree2.45%
Other38.55%

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 years79.07%
3 to 5 years19.45%
6 to 8 years0.99%
9+ years0.5%

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 (46.72%)
  • Management (35.18%)
  • Operations (32.04%)
  • Sanitation (30.55%)
  • Quality Control (29.9%)
  • Lifting Ability (28.45%)
  • Mathematics (26.53%)
  • Writing (16.08%)
  • Sorting (15.38%)
  • Customer Service (14.86%)

Defining Skills

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

  • Agriculture (38.27%)
  • Biology (30.11%)
  • Food Safety And Sanitation (47.14%)
  • Poultry (28.89%)
  • Food Inspection (19.87%)
  • Wholesaling (21.24%)

Necessary Skills

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

  • Food Science (7.4%)
  • Field Inspection (4.97%)
  • Animal Science (5.58%)
  • Agricultural Science (19.36%)
  • Anesthesias (16.93%)
  • Auditing (15.51%)
  • Analytics (16.93%)
  • General Mathematics (5.73%)
  • Hazard Analysis And Critical Control Points (HACCP) (9.58%)
  • Standard Operating Procedure (13.48%)
  • Warehousing (19.41%)
  • Food Preparation (17.44%)
  • Machinery (6.54%)
  • Medication Administration (16.88%)
  • Laboratory Testing (19.61%)
  • Marketing (9.63%)
  • Methods Of Production (16.93%)
  • Seafood Preparation (17.49%)
  • Restaurant Operation (19.87%)
  • Sampling (Statistics) (1.52%)
  • Meat Cutting (17.33%)
  • Butchering (17.38%)
  • Animal Health (5.37%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Agricultural Commodities (5.32%)

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.

  • Biology (48.06%)
  • Food Safety And Sanitation (75.24%)
  • Poultry (46.12%)
  • Food Inspection (31.72%)
  • Agricultural Commodities (8.5%)

Alternative Job Titles

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

  • Slaughterer
  • Produce Inspector
  • Agricultural Commodity Grader
  • Meat Inspector
  • Agricultural Inspector
  • Quality Control Inspector
  • Recruitment Intern
  • Food Safety Inspector
  • Food Inspector
  • Quality 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 (203)
  • Usda Food Safety & Inspection Service (127)
  • US Foods Holding (95)
  • Agricultural Marketing Service (82)
  • Medline Industries (45)
  • Nsf International (32)
  • Stoughton Trailers (30)
  • State of Washington (26)
  • Sysco (25)
  • State of Missouri (25)

North Carolina

  • State of North Carolina (10)
  • United States Forest Service (7)
  • Usda Food Safety & Inspection Service (6)
  • Burlington Industries (5)
  • Gordon Food Service (2)
  • Sls Agency Srl (2)
  • FirstWave Innovations (2)
  • Nsf International (1)
  • Thermo Fisher Scientific (1)
  • Smithfield Foods (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!