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Agricultural Inspectors

Also called: Brand Inspector, Consumer Safety Inspector (CSI), Grain Inspector, Inspector

Where in the Army? In the Army: Veterinary Food Inspection Specialist

What they do:
Inspect agricultural commodities, processing equipment, and facilities, and fish and logging operations, to ensure compliance with regulations and laws governing health, quality, and safety.
On the job, you would:
  • Inspect food products and processing procedures to determine whether products are safe to eat.
  • Interpret and enforce government acts and regulations and explain required standards to agricultural workers.
  • Set standards for the production of meat or poultry products or for food ingredients, additives, or compounds used to prepare or package products.


  • customer service
  • management
Safety and Government
  • law and government
  • public safety and security
Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
Arts and Humanities
  • English language


Basic Skills
  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
People and Technology Systems
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
  • figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it


  • listen and understand what people say
  • communicate by speaking
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
Visual Understanding
  • see hidden patterns
  • quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things


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


You might use software like this on the job:

Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel
Graphics or photo imaging software
  • Image processing software
Word processing software
  • Microsoft Word


Education: (rated 2 of 5)
high school diploma/GED or
some college
usually needed

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Job Outlook

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