Horticultural Inspectors

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 13,740 agricultural inspectors, including horticultural inspectors, employed in the United States.

Quick Facts
Duties Monitor specific areas of the agricultural industry; evaluate conditions and products; record information; and ensure that businesses are meeting proper standards
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
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $75,000
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Fair
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Any geographic location
Education and Training
  • Bachelor's Degree
Related School Subjects
  • Agriculture
  • Biology
  • English
Experience Prior experience in the field sometimes required
  • Organizational
  • Scientific
  • Writing
Personality Traits
  • Curious
  • Organized
  • Technical
Licensure/Certification Required
Special Requirements Federal employees must pass a civil service examination
Career Ladder
  • Horticultural/Agricultural Consultant
  • Supervisor of Inspectors
  • Agricultural Inspector
  • Horticultural Inspector
  • Horticultural Technician

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