Agricultural Inspectors & Scientists

Career Overview

Agriculture inspectors ensure that agricultural entities comply with government regulations. These workers may review and audit logging, fishing or farming operations to ensure that all procedures, goods and equipment comply with safety and health regulations. They basically work to make sure our food supply is safe.


A four-year bachelor's degree in agriculture, biology, chemistry, botany, plant conservation, food processing technology or a related field is necessary to obtain these positions. A higher degree (master's or doctorate) in a related field, which may take an additional 2-5 years to earn, would make one even more valuable.

Salary Expectations

Low End:
High End:
$37,000 /yr
$62,000 /yr
$116,000 /yr

Recommended Courses

  • Math - as much as possible!
  • English - as much as possible!
  • Communication
  • Environmental science
  • Science - as much as possible, including chemistry and biology!
  • Nutrition
Work Environment

Agricultural and food scientists work in various industries, including colleges and universities, food manufacturing, and in scientific research and development. They work in offices, laboratories, and food production facilities. Most agricultural and food scientists work full time.

Future Outlook

The job outlook for this position looks good over the next 10 years, keeping in mind that geographical differences may exist.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada