CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Graders and Sorters, Agricultural Products

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Agriculture/Forestry/Fishing/Animal
Job Family: Farming
Benchmark Title: Graders and Sorters, Agricultural Products
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
Grade, sort, or classify unprocessed food and other agricultural products by size, weight, color, or condition. 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 and/or foreign matter, and place acceptable products in containers for further processing.
 
Weigh products or estimate their weight, visually or by feel.
 
Place products in containers according to grade and mark grades on containers.
 
Record grade and/or identification numbers on tags or on shipping, receiving, or sales sheets.
 
Separate fiber tufts between fingers to assess strength, uniformity, and cohesive quality of fibers.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Agriculture/Forestry/Fishing/Animal
Job Family: Farming
Benchmark Title: Graders and Sorters, Agricultural Products
 
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
 
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Agriculture/Forestry/Fishing/Animal
Job Family: Farming
Benchmark Title: Graders and Sorters, Agricultural Products
 
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
 
Arm-Hand Steadiness The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
 
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
 
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
 
Manual Dexterity The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
 
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
 
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
 
Finger Dexterity The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
 
Trunk Strength The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
 
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Agriculture/Forestry/Fishing/Animal
Job Family: Farming
Benchmark Title: Graders and Sorters, Agricultural Products
 
Tools/Technology Example Product Category
Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet software
 
Microsoft Outlook Electronic mail software
 
Microsoft Word Word processing software
 
12-inch aluminum Kemper calipers Calipers
 
6-inch plastic calipers Calipers
 
Apple corers Domestic apple corer
 
Belt conveyors Belt conveyors
 
Binocular light compound microscopes Binocular light compound microscopes
 
Cherry sizers Grading machines for seed or grain or dried leguminous vegetables
 
Color sorters Sorting machines for seed or grain or dried leguminous vegetables
 
Crate openers Pry bars
 
Cross belt sorters Sorting machines for seed or grain or dried leguminous vegetables
 
Deformation testers Grading machines for seed or grain or dried leguminous vegetables
 
Diameter sorting machines Sorting machines for seed or grain or dried leguminous vegetables
 
Digital calipers Calipers
 
Digital cameras Digital cameras
 
Digital refractometers Handheld refractometers or polarimeters
 
Digital surface thermometers Surface thermometers
 
Diverter samplers Sample holders
 
Drag conveyors Chain conveyors
 
Electronic penetrometers Penetrometers
 
Firmness testers Grading machines for seed or grain or dried leguminous vegetables
 
Garlic presses Domestic garlic press
 
General purpose sizers Grading machines for seed or grain or dried leguminous vegetables
 
Grape sizers Grading machines for seed or grain or dried leguminous vegetables
 
Indented cylinder graders Grading machines for seed or grain or dried leguminous vegetables
 
Kick sorters Sorting machines for seed or grain or dried leguminous vegetables
 
Meat probes Electronic measuring probes
 
Onion sizers Grading machines for seed or grain or dried leguminous vegetables
 
Optical reflectometers Reflectometers
 
Overhead diverters Sorting machines for seed or grain or dried leguminous vegetables
 
Overhead weighing systems Electronic toploading balances
 
Paddle sorters Sorting machines for seed or grain or dried leguminous vegetables
 
Peanut triers Sample holders
 
Potato sizers Grading machines for seed or grain or dried leguminous vegetables
 
Probes Electronic measuring probes
 
Rotary sifters Centrifugal separation equipment or parts or screens
 
Seed graders Grading machines for seed or grain or dried leguminous vegetables
 
Shape sorting machines Sorting machines for seed or grain or dried leguminous vegetables
 
Specific gravity separators Centrifugal separation equipment or parts or screens
 
Tomato sizers Grading machines for seed or grain or dried leguminous vegetables
 
Utility knives Utility knives
 
Vibrating screens Vibratory separation equipment or parts or screens
 
Weight sorting machines Sorting machines for seed or grain or dried leguminous vegetables
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Agriculture/Forestry/Fishing/Animal
Job Family: Farming
Benchmark Title: Graders and Sorters, Agricultural Products
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Related Work Experience None
 
On-Site or In-Plant Training None
 
Required Level of Education Less than a High School Diploma
 
On-the-Job Training None or short demonstration
 
Required Level of Education High School Diploma (or GED or High School Equivalence Certificate)
 
On-the-Job Training Anything beyond short demonstration, up to and including 1 month
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Agriculture/Forestry/Fishing/Animal
Job Family: Farming
Benchmark Title: Graders and Sorters, Agricultural Products
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
Agricultural Establishment Grader Inspector
Agricultural Establishment Inspector-Grader
Agricultural Produce Sorter
Agriculture Laborer
Apple Inspector
Apple Sorter
Apple Turner
Asparagus Buncher
Banana Expert
Banana Grader
Bean Sorter
Bulb Grader
Butter Grader
Carrot Buncher
Carrot Tier
Casing Grader
Celery Cutter
Celery Packer
Celery Stripper
Celery Tier
Celery Wrapper
Cheese Grader
Cheese Packer
Cherry Sorter
Chick Grader
Chick Sexer
Chicken Sexer
Citrus Fruit Packer
Clam Sorter
Coffee Sampler
Coffee Taster
Coffee Weigher
Coloring Room Man
Coloring Room Worker
Corn Lab Technician
Cotton Classer
Cotton Classer Aide
Cotton Expert
Cotton Grader
Cotton Seed Culler
Egg Candler
Egg Grader
Egg Sorter
Egg Tester
Egg Trayer
Egg Worker
Eggs Inspector
Elevator Operator
Fish Liver Sorter
Fish Roe Technician
Flour Tester
Flower Grader
Food Taster
Fruit Checker
Fruit Culler
Fruit Grader
Fruit Inspector
Fruit Packer
Fruit Sorter
Fruit Worker
Grader
Grain Grader
Grain Inspector
Grain Picker
Grain Sampler
Hide Grader
Laboratory Technician
Leaf Size Picker
Leaf Sorter
Leaf Stripper
Lettuce Trimmer
Meat Grader
Meat Inspector
Milk Inspector
Milk Sampler
Nut Culler
Nut Grader
Nut Packer
Nut Picker
Nut Sorter
Olive Grader
Onion Tier
Oyster Grader
Oyster Picker
Oyster Sorter
Packer
Peanut Cleaner
Peanut Grader
Peanut Separator
Pecan Cleaner
Pecan Picker
Picker
Potato Grader
Potato Inspector
Potato Sorter
Poultry Grader
Poultry Inspector
Poultry Sexer
Produce Laborer
Produce Sorter
Quality Control Technician
Ring Facer
Sample Grader
Seed Sorter
Sorter
Sorting Machine Operator
Spud Grader
Spud Sorter
Strawberry Sorter
Tobacco Grader
Tobacco Sizer
Tobacco Sorter
Vegetable Buncher
Vegetable Grader
Vegetable Inspector
Vegetable Sorter
Vegetable Specker
Washer
Wool Fleece Grader
Wool Fleece Sorter
Wool Grader
Wool Puller
Wool Sorter
Wool and Pelt Grader
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Agriculture/Forestry/Fishing/Animal
Job Family: Farming
Benchmark Title: Graders and Sorters, Agricultural Products
 
 
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