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45-2041.00 - Graders and Sorters, Agricultural Products

Grade, sort, or classify unprocessed food and other agricultural products by size, weight, color, or condition.

Sample of reported job titles: Agriculture Laborer, Apple Inspector, Apple Sorter, Corn Lab Technician, Egg Worker, Grader, Laboratory Technician, Potato Grader, Potato Sorter, Sorter

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Tasks  |  Tools & Technology  |  Knowledge  |  Skills  |  Abilities  |  Work Activities  |  Detailed Work Activities  |  Work Context  |  Job Zone  |  Education  |  Credentials  |  Interests  |  Work Styles  |  Work Values  |  Related Occupations  |  Wages & Employment  |  Job Openings

Tasks

  • Grade and sort products according to factors such as color, species, length, width, appearance, feel, smell, and quality to ensure correct processing and usage. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Discard inferior or defective products or foreign matter, and place acceptable products in containers for further processing. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Weigh products or estimate their weight, visually or by feel. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Place products in containers according to grade and mark grades on containers. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Record grade or identification numbers on tags or on shipping, receiving, or sales sheets. See more occupations related to this task.

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Tools & Technology

Tools used in this occupation:

  • Belt conveyors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Binocular light compound microscopes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Calipers — 12-inch aluminum Kemper calipers; 6-inch plastic calipers; Digital calipers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Centrifugal separation equipment or parts or screens — Rotary sifters; Specific gravity separators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Chain conveyors — Drag conveyors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Digital cameras See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Domestic apple corer — Apple corers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Domestic garlic press — Garlic presses See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Electronic measuring probes — Meat probes; Probes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Electronic toploading balances — Overhead weighing systems See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Grading machines for seed or grain or dried leguminous vegetables — Deformation testers; Firmness testers; General purpose sizers; Seed graders (see all 10 examples) See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Handheld refractometers or polarimeters — Digital refractometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Penetrometers — Electronic penetrometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pry bars — Crate openers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Reflectometers — Optical reflectometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Sample holders — Diverter samplers; Peanut triers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Sorting machines for seed or grain or dried leguminous vegetables — Color sorters; Cross belt sorters; Shape sorting machines; Weight sorting machines (see all 8 examples) See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Surface thermometers — Digital surface thermometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Utility knives See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Vibratory separation equipment or parts or screens — Vibrating screens See more occupations related to this tool.

Technology used in this occupation:

  • Electronic mail software — Microsoft Outlook See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Word processing software — Microsoft Word See more occupations related to this technology.

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Knowledge

No knowledge met the minimum score.

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Skills

No skills met the minimum score.

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Abilities

  • Category Flexibility — The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness — The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position. See more occupations related to this ability.

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Work Activities

  • Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Performing General Physical Activities — Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Package agricultural products for shipment or further processing. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Record agricultural or forestry inventory data. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Evaluate quality of plants or crops. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Mark agricultural or forestry products for identification. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Sort forestry or agricultural materials. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Measure physical characteristics of forestry or agricultural products. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Work Context

  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 73% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Physical Proximity — 49% responded “Moderately close (at arm's length).” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Standing — 41% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — 53% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Work With Work Group or Team — 44% responded “Very important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 36% responded “Important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Contact With Others — 51% responded “Constant contact with others.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled — 55% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — 39% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Freedom to Make Decisions — 26% responded “A lot of freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets — 56% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Contaminants — 42% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Repeating Same Tasks — 29% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — 52% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Very Hot or Cold Temperatures — 29% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.

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Job Zone

Title Job Zone One: Little or No Preparation Needed
Education Some of these occupations may require a high school diploma or GED certificate.
Related Experience Little or no previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, a person can become a waiter or waitress even if he/she has never worked before.
Job Training Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few days to a few months of training. Usually, an experienced worker could show you how to do the job.
Job Zone Examples These occupations involve following instructions and helping others. Examples include taxi drivers, amusement and recreation attendants, counter and rental clerks, nonfarm animal caretakers, continuous mining machine operators, and waiters/waitresses.
SVP Range (Below 4.0)

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Education


Percentage of Respondents
Education Level Required
61   Less than high school diploma
37   High school diploma or equivalent Help
2   Some college, no degree

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Credentials

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Interests

Interest code: RC

  • Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others. See more occupations related to this interest.
  • Conventional — Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow. See more occupations related to this interest.

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Work Styles

  • Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job. See more occupations related to this work style.

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Work Values

  • Support — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • Working Conditions — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • Relationships — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service. See more occupations related to this work value.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages (2014) $9.57 hourly, $19,910 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2012) 49,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Decline (-3% or lower) Decline (-3% or lower)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 8,700
State trends Employment Trends
 
Top industries (2012)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014 wage data external site and 2012-2022 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2012-2022). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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