CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Agricultural Inspectors

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Agriculture/Forestry/Fishing/Animal
Job Family: Farming
Benchmark Title: Agricultural Inspectors
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
Inspect agricultural commodities, processing equipment, and facilities, and fish and logging operations, to ensure compliance with regulations and laws governing health, quality, and safety. Inspect agricultural commodities and related operations, as well as fish and logging operations for compliance with laws and regulations governing health, quality, and safety.
 
Inspect and test horticultural products or livestock to detect harmful diseases, chemical residues, and infestations, and to determine the quality of products or animals.
 
Verify that transportation and handling procedures meet regulatory requirements.
 
Collect samples from animals, plants, or products, and route them to laboratories for microbiological assessment, ingredient verification, and other testing.
 
Interpret and enforce government acts and regulations and explain required standards to agricultural workers.
 
Write reports of findings and recommendations, and advise farmers, growers, or processors of corrective action to be taken.
 
Inspect the cleanliness and practices of establishment employees.
 
Monitor the operations and sanitary conditions of slaughtering and meat processing plants.
 
Inspect food products and processing procedures to determine whether products are safe to eat.
 
Take emergency actions such as closing production facilities if product safety is compromised.
 
Monitor the grading performed by company employees in order to verify conformance to standards.
 
Label and seal graded products, and issue official grading certificates.
 
Inspect livestock to determine effectiveness of medication and feeding programs.
 
Set standards for the production of meat and poultry products, and for food ingredients, additives, and compounds used to prepare and package products.
 
Direct and monitor the quarantine and treatment or destruction of plants and plant products.
 
Inquire about pesticides or chemicals to which animals may have been exposed.
 
Set labeling standards and approve labels for meat and poultry products.
 
Examine, weigh, and measure commodities such as poultry, eggs, meat, and seafood in order to certify qualities, grades, and weights.
 
Compare product recipes with government-approved formulas or recipes in order to determine acceptability.
 
Review and monitor foreign product inspection systems in countries of origin to ensure equivalence to the U.S. system.
 
Provide consultative services in areas such as equipment and product evaluation, plant construction and layout, and food safety systems.
 
Advise farmers and growers of development programs or new equipment and techniques to aid in quality production.
 
Testify in legal proceedings.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Agriculture/Forestry/Fishing/Animal
Job Family: Farming
Benchmark Title: Agricultural Inspectors
 
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Law and Government Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
 
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
 
Public Safety and Security Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
 
Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
 
Biology Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
 
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
 
Food Production Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.
 
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
 
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
 
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
 
Production and Processing Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Agriculture/Forestry/Fishing/Animal
Job Family: Farming
Benchmark Title: Agricultural Inspectors
 
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Quality Control Analysis Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
 
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.
 
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
 
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
 
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
 
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
 
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
 
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
 
Science Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
 
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
 
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
 
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
 
Operation Monitoring Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
 
Systems Analysis Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
 
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
 
Negotiation Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
 
Systems Evaluation Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
 
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
 
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
 
Management of Personnel Resources Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
 
Learning Strategies Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
 
Persuasion Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
 
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Agriculture/Forestry/Fishing/Animal
Job Family: Farming
Benchmark Title: Agricultural Inspectors
 
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
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.
 
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
 
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
 
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
 
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
 
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
 
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
 
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
 
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
 
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
 
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
 
Perceptual Speed The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
 
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
 
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
 
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
 
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
 
Speed of Closure The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.
 
Visual Color Discrimination The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
 
Auditory Attention The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
 
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
 
Fluency of Ideas The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
 
Originality The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve 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.
 
Depth Perception The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Agriculture/Forestry/Fishing/Animal
Job Family: Farming
Benchmark Title: Agricultural Inspectors
 
Tools/Technology Example Product Category
Image processing software Graphics or photo imaging software
 
Microsoft Access Data base user interface and query software
 
Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet software
 
Microsoft Internet Explorer Internet browser software
 
Microsoft PowerPoint Presentation software
 
Microsoft Word Word processing software
 
Agricultural dividers Sorting machines for seed or grain or dried leguminous vegetables
 
Bacon bomb samplers Sample preparation bombs
 
Barley pearlers Grading machines for seed or grain or dried leguminous vegetables
 
Beam scales Mechanical balances
 
Bean sack triers Sample holders
 
Block weights Calibration weights or weight sets
 
Blust drum samplers Sorting machines for seed or grain or dried leguminous vegetables
 
Boerner dividers Sorting machines for seed or grain or dried leguminous vegetables
 
Bulk lot triers Sorting machines for seed or grain or dried leguminous vegetables
 
Cargo trucks Cargo trucks
 
Counterpoise weights Calibration weights or weight sets
 
Dehairing machines Animal shearing or clipping equipment
 
Desktop computers Desktop computers
 
Digital cameras Digital cameras
 
Diverter samplers Sample holders
 
Dockage testers Grading machines for seed or grain or dried leguminous vegetables
 
Double tube bag triers Sample holders
 
Electronic mass comparators Profile projectors
 
Ellis cup samplers Sample holders
 
Equal-arm scales Mechanical balances
 
Extension ladders Ladders
 
Flour triers Sorting machines for seed or grain or dried leguminous vegetables
 
Global positioning system GPS devices Global positioning system receivers
 
Grain hopper scales Floor or platform scales
 
Hand sieves Laboratory sifting equipment
 
Hard hats Hard hats
 
Light meters Lightmeters
 
Moisture detectors Moisture meters
 
Moisture scales Moisture balances
 
Near infrared NIR analyzers Infrared imagers
 
Nuclear magnetic resonance NMR systems Nuclear magnetic resonance NMR spectrometers
 
Oil samplers Sorting machines for seed or grain or dried leguminous vegetables
 
Packaging knives Utility knives
 
Pelican samplers Sample holders
 
Pipettes Dropping pipettes
 
Point-type samplers Sample holders
 
Portable block weights Calibration weights or weight sets
 
Probe-type samplers Sample holders
 
Railway track scale test cars Calibration weights or weight sets
 
Railway track scales Truck or rail scales
 
Rice bag triers Sample holders
 
Rice millers Grinding mills
 
Rice shellers Rice cleaning or hulling equipment
 
Rice sizers Grading machines for seed or grain or dried leguminous vegetables
 
Rotary dividers Sorting machines for seed or grain or dried leguminous vegetables
 
Sealed baskets Calibration weights or weight sets
 
Single-tube open-ended bag triers Sorting machines for seed or grain or dried leguminous vegetables
 
Syringes Medical syringes without needles
 
Tankcar samplers Sample holders
 
Tapered bag triers Sample holders
 
Test weight apparatuses Analytical balances
 
Test weight kits Calibration weights or weight sets
 
Thermal tape printers Thermal tape printers
 
Ticket printers Laser printers
 
Truck probes Sample holders
 
Vehicle weight scales Truck or rail scales
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Agriculture/Forestry/Fishing/Animal
Job Family: Farming
Benchmark Title: Agricultural Inspectors
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
On-Site or In-Plant Training Over 1 month, up to and including 3 months
 
Required Level of Education High School Diploma (or GED or High School Equivalence Certificate)
Required Level of Education Bachelor's Degree
 
Related Work Experience Over 2 years, up to and including 4 years
 
On-the-Job Training Over 1 month, up to and including 3 months
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Agriculture/Forestry/Fishing/Animal
Job Family: Farming
Benchmark Title: Agricultural Inspectors
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
Agricultural Commodities Inspector
Agriculture Inspector
Apiary Inspector
Brand Inspector
Cattle Examiner
Cattle Inspector
Certifier
Commodity Grader
Compliance Analyst
Compliance Coordinator
Compliance Manager
Consumer Safety Officer (CSO)
Cotton Classer
Cotton Grader
Cotton Inspector
Dairy Inspector
Eggs Inspector
Field Disease and Insect Control Inspector
Fish Hatchery Inspector
Fish Inspector
Flour Inspector
Food Inspector
Food Product Inspector
Food Regulatory Field Supervisor
Food Safety Inspector
Fruit Inspector
Grain Inspector
Grain Sampler
Health Inspector
Health Inspector Food
Insect and Disease Inspection Supervisor
Inspector
Land Inspector
Livestock Brands Inspector
Livestock Inspector
Logging Operations Inspector
Meat Grader
Meat Inspector
Meat and Poultry Inspector
Milk Inspector
Milk Tester
Plant Pest Inspector
Plant Protection Specialist
Plant Quarantine Inspector
Poultry Field Service Technician
Poultry Grader
Poultry Inspector
Route Inspector
Seed and Fertilizer Specialist
Sugar Sampler
Tobacco Classer
Tobacco Grader
Tree Inspector
Vegetable Inspector
Wheat Inspector
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Agriculture/Forestry/Fishing/Animal
Job Family: Farming
Benchmark Title: Agricultural Inspectors
 
 
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