Summary Report for:
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
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
- Grade and sort products according to factors such as color, species, length, width, appearance, feel, smell, and quality to ensure correct processing and usage.
- Discard inferior or defective products or foreign matter, and place acceptable products in containers for further processing.
- Weigh products or estimate their weight, visually or by feel.
- Place products in containers according to grade and mark grades on containers.
- Record grade or identification numbers on tags or on shipping, receiving, or sales sheets.
Tools & Technology
Tools used in this occupation:
- Belt conveyors
- Binocular light compound microscopes
- Calipers — 12-inch aluminum Kemper calipers; 6-inch plastic calipers; Digital calipers
- Centrifugal separation equipment or parts or screens — Rotary sifters; Specific gravity separators
- Chain conveyors — Drag conveyors
- Digital cameras
- Domestic apple corer — Apple corers
- Domestic garlic press — Garlic presses
- Electronic measuring probes — Meat probes; Probes
- Electronic toploading balances — Overhead weighing systems
- Grading machines for seed or grain or dried leguminous vegetables — Deformation testers; Firmness testers; General purpose sizers; Seed graders (see all 10 examples)
- Handheld refractometers or polarimeters — Digital refractometers
- Penetrometers — Electronic penetrometers
- Pry bars — Crate openers
- Reflectometers — Optical reflectometers
- Sample holders — Diverter samplers; Peanut triers
- 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)
- Surface thermometers — Digital surface thermometers
- Utility knives
- Vibratory separation equipment or parts or screens — Vibrating screens
Technology used in this occupation:
No knowledge met the minimum score.
No skills met the minimum score.
- Category Flexibility — The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
- 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.
- Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
- Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
- 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.
- Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
Detailed Work Activities
- Package agricultural products for shipment or further processing.
- Record agricultural or forestry inventory data.
- Evaluate quality of plants or crops.
- Mark agricultural or forestry products for identification.
- Sort forestry or agricultural materials.
- Measure physical characteristics of forestry or agricultural products.
- Face-to-Face Discussions — 73% responded “Every day.”
- Physical Proximity — 49% responded “Moderately close (at arm's length).”
- Spend Time Standing — 41% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
- Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — 53% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
- Work With Work Group or Team — 44% responded “Very important.”
- Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 36% responded “Important.”
- Contact With Others — 51% responded “Constant contact with others.”
- Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled — 55% responded “Every day.”
- Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — 39% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
- Freedom to Make Decisions — 26% responded “A lot of freedom.”
- Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets — 56% responded “Every day.”
- Exposed to Contaminants — 42% responded “Every day.”
- Importance of Repeating Same Tasks — 29% responded “Extremely important.”
- Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — 52% responded “Every day.”
- Very Hot or Cold Temperatures — 29% responded “Every day.”
|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)|
Percentage of Respondents
|Education Level Required|
|61||Less than high school diploma|
|37||High school diploma or equivalent|
|2||Some college, no degree|
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.
- 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.
- Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
- Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
- Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
- Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
- Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
- Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Wages & Employment Trends
|Median wages (2014)||$9.57 hourly, $19,910 annual|
|Employment (2012)||49,000 employees|
|Projected growth (2012-2022)||Decline (-3% or lower)|
|Projected job openings (2012-2022)||8,700|
|Top industries (2012)|
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014 wage data and 2012-2022 employment projections . "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.