Horticultural Inspectors

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Horticultural inspectors are employed by federal, state, and local governments to enforce those laws that protect public health and safety as they pertain to plants and agricultural products. There are about 14,670 agricultural inspectors, including horticultural inspectors, employed in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Agricultural Chemicals Inspectors, Agricultural-Chemical Registration Specialists, Agricultural Commodity Graders, Disease and Insect Control Field Inspectors, Environmental Health Inspectors, Nursery Inspectors, Sanitarians
Duties Monitor specific areas of the agricultural industry; evaluate conditions and products and ensure that businesses are meeting proper standards
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $75,000
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Any geographic location
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Agriculture
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
Experience Prior experience in the field sometimes required
Personality Traits
  • Curious
  • Organized
  • Technical
  • Organizational
  • Scientific
  • Writing
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements Federal employees must pass a civil service examination
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Horticultural/Agricultural Consultant
  • Supervisor of Inspectors
  • Agricultural Inspector
  • Horticultural Inspector
  • Horticultural Technician