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Graders & Sorters, Agricultural Products

Also called: Apple Sorter, Grader, Potato Grader, Sorter

What they do:
Grade, sort, or classify unprocessed food and other agricultural products by size, weight, color, or condition.
On the job, you would:
  • Grade and sort products according to factors such as color, species, length, width, appearance, feel, smell, and quality to ensure correct processing and usage.
  • Discard inferior or defective products or foreign matter, and place acceptable products in containers for further processing.
  • Weigh products or estimate their weight, visually or by feel.


Safety and Government
  • public safety and security
Manufactured or Agricultural Goods
  • manufacture and distribution of products


Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it


Hand and Finger Use
  • keep your arm or hand steady
  • communicate by speaking


People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Dependability
  • Attention to Detail
  • Cooperation
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Self Control
  • Concern for Others


You might use software like this on the job:

Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel
Electronic mail software
  • Microsoft Outlook
Office suite software
  • Microsoft Office software


Education: (rated 1 of 5)
no high school diploma/GED or
high school diploma/GED
usually needed

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