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Meat Inspectors

ANZSCO ID 311312

Overview

All Primary Products Inspectors

  • $1,644 Weekly Pay
  • Stable Future Growth

Meat Inspectors

  • 530 workers Employment Size
  • High skill Skill level rating
  • 80% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 41 hours Average full-time
  • 48 years Average age
  • 15% female Gender Share

Meat Inspectors inspect animal carcasses, internal organs and meat processing facilities for disease to ensure compliance with government and industry standards with respect to quality and health.

You usually need a certificate III or IV in meat processing (meat safety) to work as a Meat Inspector.

Tasks
  • Inspects animals and animal products to identify product quality issues and provide advice to producers.
  • Audits and monitors quality procedures at farms, food handling and processing facilities to ensure compliance with required standards.
  • Tests samples of produce for quality, size and purity.
  • Ensures that required standards of hygiene are observed at storage, processing and packing facilities and in transport vehicles.
  • Advises primary producers on economic aspects of disease eradication and informs producers and the general public of the health implication of disease and impurities.
  • Examines imported animals, and makes necessary quarantine arrangements.
  • May initiate or assist in legal action to enforce regulations.

Prospects

Pathways

You usually need a certificate III or IV in meat processing (meat safety) to work as a Meat Inspector.

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need. Visit

  • My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.
  • AAPathways website to explore Food Processing, Australian Meat Processing, Agriculture, Horticulture and Conservation & Land Management, Animal Care and Management, Seafood Industry and Public Sector VET training pathways.

Skills & Knowledge

Employers look for Primary Products Inspectors who have strong interpersonal skills, are flexible and provide good customer service.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Customer and personal service

    64% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  2. Mathematics

    52% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  3. Law and government

    52% Skill level

    How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

  4. Administration and management

    51% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  5. Food production

    49% Skill level

    Planting, growing, and harvesting food (both plant and animal), including storage and handling.

  6. Computers and electronics

    49% Skill level

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  7. Clerical

    49% Skill level

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

  8. Education and training

    48% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  9. Public safety and security

    48% Skill level

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  10. English language

    47% Skill level

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  11. Production and processing

    47% Skill level

    Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

  12. Personnel and human resources

    40% Skill level

    Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.

  13. Transportation

    37% Skill level

    Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.

  14. Mechanical

    33% Skill level

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  15. Chemistry

    33% Skill level

    Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.

  16. Biology

    32% Skill level

    Plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, how they rely on and work with each other and the environment.

  17. Psychology

    30% Skill level

    Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

  18. Engineering and technology

    29% Skill level

    Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

  19. Communications and media

    28% Skill level

    Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.

  20. Telecommunications

    21% Skill level

    Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Monitoring

    59% Skill level

    Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.

  2. Reading comprehension

    57% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  3. Critical thinking

    57% Skill level

    Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

  4. Quality control analysis

    55% Skill level

    Doing tests and checking products, services, or processes to make sure they are working properly.

  5. Speaking

    55% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  6. Active listening

    52% Skill level

    Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

  7. Writing

    52% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  8. Active learning

    48% Skill level

    Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.

  9. Judgment and decision making

    48% Skill level

    Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.

  10. Operation monitoring

    48% Skill level

    Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

  11. Complex problem solving

    46% Skill level

    Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

  12. Systems analysis

    46% Skill level

    Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.

  13. Systems evaluation

    46% Skill level

    Measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it.

  14. Coordination with others

    43% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  15. Learning strategies

    43% Skill level

    Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.

  16. Instructing

    41% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  17. Persuasion

    41% Skill level

    Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.

  18. Serving others

    41% Skill level

    Looking for ways to help people.

  19. Time management

    41% Skill level

    Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.

  20. Negotiation

    39% Skill level

    Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Problem spotting

    57% Skill level

    Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.

  2. Deductive reasoning

    55% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  3. Inductive reasoning

    55% Skill level

    Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.

  4. Oral comprehension

    55% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  5. Oral expression

    55% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  6. Near vision

    54% Skill level

    See details that are up-close (within a few feet).

  7. Flexibility of closure

    54% Skill level

    See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.

  8. Written comprehension

    54% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  9. Categorising

    52% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  10. Written expression

    50% Skill level

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  11. Far vision

    46% Skill level

    See details that are far away.

  12. Perceptual speed

    46% Skill level

    Use your eyes to quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.

  13. Speech recognition

    46% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  14. Auditory attention

    45% Skill level

    Pay attention to a certain sound when there are other distracting sounds.

  15. Selective attention

    45% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  16. Speech clarity

    43% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  17. Sorting or ordering

    43% Skill level

    Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

  18. Speed of recognition

    43% Skill level

    Quickly make sense of and organize things you can see like letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.

  19. Brainstorming

    37% Skill level

    Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.

  20. Colour discrimination

    37% Skill level

    Notice differences between colours, including shades of colour and brightness.

Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  1. Building good relationships

    71% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  2. Communicating within a team

    70% Skill level

    Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  3. Looking for changes over time

    69% Skill level

    Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  4. Researching and investigating

    69% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  5. Planning and prioritising work

    68% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.

  6. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    65% Skill level

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  7. Checking compliance with standards

    65% Skill level

    Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

  8. Training and teaching others

    64% Skill level

    Understanding the needs of others, developing training programs, and teaching or instructing.

  9. Making decisions and solving problems

    62% Skill level

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  10. Negotiating and resolving conflicts

    61% Skill level

    Handling complaints and disagreements, and negotiating with people.

  11. Assessing and evaluating things

    60% Skill level

    Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.

  12. Documenting or recording information

    60% Skill level

    Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

  13. Checking for errors or defects

    59% Skill level

    Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.

  14. Collecting and organising information

    58% Skill level

    Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.

  15. Communicating with the public

    56% Skill level

    Giving information to the public, business or government by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  16. Monitoring people, processes and things

    55% Skill level

    Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.

  17. Doing physically active work

    55% Skill level

    Use your arms, legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling objects.

  18. Explaining things to people

    50% Skill level

    Helping people to understand and use information.

  19. Working with computers

    48% Skill level

    Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

  20. Driving vehicles or equipment

    37% Skill level

    Running, manoeuvring, navigating, or driving things like forklifts, vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 45-2011.00 - Agricultural Inspectors.

Work Environment

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

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Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Being exact or accurate

    92% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  2. Contact with people

    92% Important

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  3. Face-to-face discussions

    87% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  4. Contact with the public

    86% Important

    Work with customers or the public.

  5. Impact of decisions

    84% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  6. Freedom to make decisions

    83% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  7. Exposure to contaminants

    82% Important

    Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.

  8. Telephone

    80% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  9. Loud or uncomfortable sounds

    79% Important

    Be exposed to noises and sounds that are distracting or uncomfortable.

  10. Teamwork

    79% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  11. Unstructured work

    79% Important

    Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

  12. Frequent decision making

    79% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  13. Indoors, heat controlled

    79% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  14. Outdoors, exposed to weather

    78% Important

    Work outdoors, exposed to the weather.

  15. Repeating same tasks

    78% Important

    Repeat the same tasks or activities (e.g., key entry) over and over, without stopping.

  16. Time pressure

    78% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  17. Indoors, not heat controlled

    77% Important

    Work indoors without heating or cooling (e.g., warehouse without heat).

  18. Physically close to people

    74% Important

    Work physically close to other people.

  19. Very hot or cold temperatures

    74% Important

    Work in very hot or cold temperatures.

  20. Wear common protective or safety equipment

    74% Important

    Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.

Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.

  1. Achievement

    67% Important

    Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

  2. Independence

    67% Important

    Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.

  3. Support

    67% Important

    Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.

  4. Recognition

    62% Important

    Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.

  5. Working conditions

    60% Important

    Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.

  6. Relationships

    43% Important

    Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.

Interests

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  1. Practical

    95% Important

    Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

  2. Administrative

    62% Important

    Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.

  3. Analytical

    57% Important

    Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.

  4. Enterprising

    48% Important

    Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.

  5. Helping

    24% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

  6. Creative

    19% Important

    Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 45-2011.00 - Agricultural Inspectors.

All Primary Products Inspectors

  • $1,644 Weekly Pay
  • Stable Future Growth

Meat Inspectors

  • 530 workers Employment Size
  • High skill Skill level rating
  • 80% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 41 hours Average full-time
  • 48 years Average age
  • 15% female Gender Share

Meat Inspectors inspect animal carcasses, internal organs and meat processing facilities for disease to ensure compliance with government and industry standards with respect to quality and health.

You usually need a certificate III or IV in meat processing (meat safety) to work as a Meat Inspector.

Tasks
  • Inspects animals and animal products to identify product quality issues and provide advice to producers.
  • Audits and monitors quality procedures at farms, food handling and processing facilities to ensure compliance with required standards.
  • Tests samples of produce for quality, size and purity.
  • Ensures that required standards of hygiene are observed at storage, processing and packing facilities and in transport vehicles.
  • Advises primary producers on economic aspects of disease eradication and informs producers and the general public of the health implication of disease and impurities.
  • Examines imported animals, and makes necessary quarantine arrangements.
  • May initiate or assist in legal action to enforce regulations.

You usually need a certificate III or IV in meat processing (meat safety) to work as a Meat Inspector.

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need. Visit

  • My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.
  • AAPathways website to explore Food Processing, Australian Meat Processing, Agriculture, Horticulture and Conservation & Land Management, Animal Care and Management, Seafood Industry and Public Sector VET training pathways.

Employers look for Primary Products Inspectors who have strong interpersonal skills, are flexible and provide good customer service.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Customer and personal service

    64% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  2. Mathematics

    52% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  3. Law and government

    52% Skill level

    How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

  4. Administration and management

    51% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  5. Food production

    49% Skill level

    Planting, growing, and harvesting food (both plant and animal), including storage and handling.

  6. Computers and electronics

    49% Skill level

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  7. Clerical

    49% Skill level

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

  8. Education and training

    48% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  9. Public safety and security

    48% Skill level

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  10. English language

    47% Skill level

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  11. Production and processing

    47% Skill level

    Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

  12. Personnel and human resources

    40% Skill level

    Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.

  13. Transportation

    37% Skill level

    Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.

  14. Mechanical

    33% Skill level

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  15. Chemistry

    33% Skill level

    Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.

  16. Biology

    32% Skill level

    Plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, how they rely on and work with each other and the environment.

  17. Psychology

    30% Skill level

    Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

  18. Engineering and technology

    29% Skill level

    Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

  19. Communications and media

    28% Skill level

    Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.

  20. Telecommunications

    21% Skill level

    Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Monitoring

    59% Skill level

    Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.

  2. Reading comprehension

    57% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  3. Critical thinking

    57% Skill level

    Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

  4. Quality control analysis

    55% Skill level

    Doing tests and checking products, services, or processes to make sure they are working properly.

  5. Speaking

    55% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  6. Active listening

    52% Skill level

    Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

  7. Writing

    52% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  8. Active learning

    48% Skill level

    Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.

  9. Judgment and decision making

    48% Skill level

    Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.

  10. Operation monitoring

    48% Skill level

    Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

  11. Complex problem solving

    46% Skill level

    Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

  12. Systems analysis

    46% Skill level

    Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.

  13. Systems evaluation

    46% Skill level

    Measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it.

  14. Coordination with others

    43% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  15. Learning strategies

    43% Skill level

    Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.

  16. Instructing

    41% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  17. Persuasion

    41% Skill level

    Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.

  18. Serving others

    41% Skill level

    Looking for ways to help people.

  19. Time management

    41% Skill level

    Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.

  20. Negotiation

    39% Skill level

    Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Problem spotting

    57% Skill level

    Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.

  2. Deductive reasoning

    55% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  3. Inductive reasoning

    55% Skill level

    Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.

  4. Oral comprehension

    55% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  5. Oral expression

    55% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  6. Near vision

    54% Skill level

    See details that are up-close (within a few feet).

  7. Flexibility of closure

    54% Skill level

    See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.

  8. Written comprehension

    54% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  9. Categorising

    52% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  10. Written expression

    50% Skill level

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  11. Far vision

    46% Skill level

    See details that are far away.

  12. Perceptual speed

    46% Skill level

    Use your eyes to quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.

  13. Speech recognition

    46% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  14. Auditory attention

    45% Skill level

    Pay attention to a certain sound when there are other distracting sounds.

  15. Selective attention

    45% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  16. Speech clarity

    43% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  17. Sorting or ordering

    43% Skill level

    Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

  18. Speed of recognition

    43% Skill level

    Quickly make sense of and organize things you can see like letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.

  19. Brainstorming

    37% Skill level

    Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.

  20. Colour discrimination

    37% Skill level

    Notice differences between colours, including shades of colour and brightness.

Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  1. Building good relationships

    71% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  2. Communicating within a team

    70% Skill level

    Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  3. Looking for changes over time

    69% Skill level

    Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  4. Researching and investigating

    69% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  5. Planning and prioritising work

    68% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.

  6. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    65% Skill level

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  7. Checking compliance with standards

    65% Skill level

    Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

  8. Training and teaching others

    64% Skill level

    Understanding the needs of others, developing training programs, and teaching or instructing.

  9. Making decisions and solving problems

    62% Skill level

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  10. Negotiating and resolving conflicts

    61% Skill level

    Handling complaints and disagreements, and negotiating with people.

  11. Assessing and evaluating things

    60% Skill level

    Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.

  12. Documenting or recording information

    60% Skill level

    Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

  13. Checking for errors or defects

    59% Skill level

    Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.

  14. Collecting and organising information

    58% Skill level

    Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.

  15. Communicating with the public

    56% Skill level

    Giving information to the public, business or government by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  16. Monitoring people, processes and things

    55% Skill level

    Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.

  17. Doing physically active work

    55% Skill level

    Use your arms, legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling objects.

  18. Explaining things to people

    50% Skill level

    Helping people to understand and use information.

  19. Working with computers

    48% Skill level

    Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

  20. Driving vehicles or equipment

    37% Skill level

    Running, manoeuvring, navigating, or driving things like forklifts, vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 45-2011.00 - Agricultural Inspectors.

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

Filter Work Environment

Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Being exact or accurate

    92% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  2. Contact with people

    92% Important

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  3. Face-to-face discussions

    87% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  4. Contact with the public

    86% Important

    Work with customers or the public.

  5. Impact of decisions

    84% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  6. Freedom to make decisions

    83% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  7. Exposure to contaminants

    82% Important

    Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.

  8. Telephone

    80% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  9. Loud or uncomfortable sounds

    79% Important

    Be exposed to noises and sounds that are distracting or uncomfortable.

  10. Teamwork

    79% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  11. Unstructured work

    79% Important

    Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

  12. Frequent decision making

    79% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  13. Indoors, heat controlled

    79% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  14. Outdoors, exposed to weather

    78% Important

    Work outdoors, exposed to the weather.

  15. Repeating same tasks

    78% Important

    Repeat the same tasks or activities (e.g., key entry) over and over, without stopping.

  16. Time pressure

    78% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  17. Indoors, not heat controlled

    77% Important

    Work indoors without heating or cooling (e.g., warehouse without heat).

  18. Physically close to people

    74% Important

    Work physically close to other people.

  19. Very hot or cold temperatures

    74% Important

    Work in very hot or cold temperatures.

  20. Wear common protective or safety equipment

    74% Important

    Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.

Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.

  1. Achievement

    67% Important

    Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

  2. Independence

    67% Important

    Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.

  3. Support

    67% Important

    Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.

  4. Recognition

    62% Important

    Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.

  5. Working conditions

    60% Important

    Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.

  6. Relationships

    43% Important

    Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.

Interests

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  1. Practical

    95% Important

    Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

  2. Administrative

    62% Important

    Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.

  3. Analytical

    57% Important

    Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.

  4. Enterprising

    48% Important

    Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.

  5. Helping

    24% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

  6. Creative

    19% Important

    Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 45-2011.00 - Agricultural Inspectors.
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