Agricultural and fish products inspectors (NOC 2222)

About this job

Agricultural and fish products inspectors:

  • inspect agricultural and fish products for conformity to prescribed production, storage and transportation standards
  • work for government departments and agencies and for private sector food processing companies
  • supervisors of agricultural and fish products inspectors are also included in this group
Common job titles
  • inspector, agricultural products
  • inspector, animal health / livestock
  • inspector, bread / flour / grain
  • inspector, perishable goods
  • inspector, plant / processing plant
  • inspector, plant protection
  • inspector, agricultural products
  • inspector, animal health / livestock
  • inspector, bread / flour / grain
  • inspector, contagious animal disease
  • inspector, crop certification
  • inspector, dairy products

Earnings

Annual provincial median salary

$61,984

Source: 2016 Job Bank Wage data

Note:Estimated median employment income based on 2016 Job Bank median hourly wage rate (median annual salary = hourly wage rate x 40 (hours per week) x 52.14 (weeks per year))

Provincial hourly rate

  • High
  • Median
  • Low

Source: 2016 Job Bank Wage Report

Duties

Fish and fish products inspectors:

  • inspect fish, fish products, fish handling and processing methods, and prepare reports and ensure that regulations are followed

Fruit and vegetables inspectors:

  • examine fresh and frozen fruit and vegetables at inspection centres and prepare reports on crop production and market conditions

Grain inspectors:

  • inspect and grade all classes of grain at terminal elevators, monitor the fumigation of infested grain, and examine storage, handling and transportation equipment to ensure that sanitary procedures are followed

Meat inspectors:

  • monitor the operations and sanitary conditions of slaughtering and meat processing plants, and inspect carcasses to ensure they are fit for consumption

Plant protection inspectors:

  • approve seed crops and oversee the quarantine, treatment or destruction of plants and plant products, and the fumigation of plants and plant product imports and exports

Work environment

Work in this occupation is typically performed in a structured environment, such as an office, or an outdoor work environment where the worker is exposed to various weather conditions. Also, workers may be exposed to noxious, intense or prolonged odours, and infectious bacteria and viruses as a result of contact with infectious materials or micro-organisms that may cause illness.

Job requirements

Education, training & qualifications

  • Completion of secondary school is required.
  • Government inspectors usually require a bachelor's degree or college diploma in agriculture, biology, chemistry, food processing technology or a related discipline.
  • Inspectors (other than government) may require a bachelor's degree or college diploma in a related discipline.
  • Several years of experience in agricultural production or fish processing are usually required.
  • Completion of in-house training courses is required.

Skills

  • Spatial Perception
  • Innovative
  • Numerical Ability
  • Detail-Oriented
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Education programs in B.C.

The following program areas are related to this occupation:
  • Agriculture Related
  • Aquaculture/Fisheries

For more information about programs offered specifically for this career, visit EducationPlannerBC.

Select a region to view regional outlook
Vancouver Island / Coast Mainland / Southwest Thompson-Okanagan Kootenay Cariboo Northeast North Coast & Nechako
Cariboo
Employment in 2016:
0
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
Expected number of job openings:
N/A
Kootenay
Employment in 2016:
0
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
Expected number of job openings:
N/A
Mainland / Southwest
Employment in 2016:
350
Average annual employment growth:
1.1%
Expected number of job openings:
180
North Coast & Nechako
Employment in 2016:
0
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
Expected number of job openings:
N/A
Northeast
Employment in 2016:
0
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
Expected number of job openings:
N/A
Thompson-Okanagan
Employment in 2016:
40
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
Expected number of job openings:
N/A
Vancouver Island / Coast
Employment in 2016:
10
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
Expected number of job openings:
N/A

N/A - Data not available

Source: B.C. Labour Market Outlook

Career paths and resources

Career paths

With experience, promotion to managerial positions in this field is possible.

Additional resources

Additional resources are not currently available for this career.