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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.

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