Food Jobs for the Food Lovers

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Before a warm, delicious meal makes its way to our dining table, food undergoes a process of quality control first. This food standard is set up to ensure that the edible products consumers buy from the market or an establishment will be free from any health concerns. In the United States, a growth in the food safety sector has become evident due to the Food Safety Modernization Act, as well as other factors. Thus, the jobs sector has seen a rise in the demand for professionals who are trained in food safety and regulations.

Agricultural Inspectors

Agricultural inspectors check the different agricultural commodities, equipment, and facilities and make sure that they are up to par with the government laws and regulations on health, quality, and safety. According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, there are approximately 14,000 employed as agricultural inspectors in the country, and this occupation receives an estimated mean annual wage of at least $42,000.

Food Inspectors and Consumer Safety Inspectors

The US Department of Agriculture hires federal food inspectors to ensure the protection of consumers by checking the commercial supply of meat, poultry and egg products. This involves an ante-mortem inspection of the livestock or poultry as well as post-mortem monitoring of the red meat or poultry. More than 7,500 food inspectors are employed by the Department of Agriculture at food processing plants, ports, and national border crossings around the country.

Agricultural and Food Science Technicians

Working with scientists, agricultural and food science technicians measure and analyze the quality of food and agricultural products at laboratories or processing plants. Food techs test the ingredients in meals and also the containers that are used to store them. They may prepare the food samples themselves, or they may analyze the chemical properties involved in the preparation. Based on the Bureau of Labor and Statistics handbook, agricultural and food science technicians typically have an associate’s degree in animal science or a related field. Their 2010 median pay is around $33,000 per year with more than 21,300 employed in this occupation.

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