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Agricultural inspector

Agricultural inspectors make sure animal welfare regulations are followed in farms and dairies.

Potential salary
£23,000 to £50,000
Working hours
38 to 40 a week
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to work well with others
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • thinking and reasoning skills
  • the ability to analyse quality or performance
  • customer service skills
  • the ability to monitor your own performance and that of your colleagues
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

For the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), your day-to-day duties could include:

  • checking machinery, buildings and the environment
  • investigating accidents and complaints
  • writing reports and making recommendations
  • giving evidence in court

For the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), your day-to-day duties could include:

  • collecting and analysing data
  • checking record keeping on farms
  • investigating animal welfare concerns
  • planning the control and prevention of animal and poultry disease

For food assurance inspection, your day-to-day duties could include checking:

  • the health and welfare of livestock
  • crop management and production methods
  • the environmental impact of farming techniques
  • animal feed
  • livestock shelters are safe and the right size
  • animal identification and veterinary treatments
  • record keeping and documentation

You may need to wear protective clothing.

You could work in an office or on a farm.

Your working environment may be noisy and dirty.

With experience, you could progress to a management role, or work as a consultant in occupational health.

You could move into public health or conservation work.

You can find more details about working as an agricultural inspector from Tasty Careers.

Data from National Careers Service.

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