There are currently an estimated 15,600 agricultural inspectors in the United States. The agricultural inspector job market is expected to grow by 4.5% between 2016 and 2026.
How employable are agricultural inspectors?
CareerExplorer rates agricultural inspectors with a F employability rating, meaning this career should provide poor employment opportunities for the foreseeable future. Over the next 10 years, it is expected the US will need 9,600 agricultural inspectors. That number is based on 700 additional agricultural inspectors, and the retirement of 8,900 existing agricultural inspectors.
Are agricultural inspectors in demand?
Stagnant job growth is projected for agricultural inspectors, due largely to the fact that employment opportunities in this small occupational field exist almost exclusively with federal and state governments. Workers in these positions tend to remain in them until retirement age, resulting in very limited openings for new entrants. In addition, governments at all levels are not expected to hire significant numbers of new inspectors, instead leaving more routine inspections to businesses in the private sector. Furthermore, consolidation has led to a decreased number of farms and consequently to a reduced demand for agricultural inspectors. However, should pending legislation requiring more thorough FDA food industry inspections be passed, demand for these inspectors is likely to increase. While entry-level inspectors typically require only a high-school diploma or GED, those who possess an associate’s or Bachelor’s degree in biology, animal science, agricultural science, or a related discipline significantly enhance their job prospects. Senior agricultural inspectors sometimes find roles as consultants or trainers in occupational health services, public health, and conservation.
What’s the supply of agricultural inspectors?
The agricultural inspector industry is concentrated in California, Georgia, Florida
Agricultural Inspector job market by state
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