Graders and Sorters, Agricultural Products

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Also known as:  Apple Sorter, Cherry Sorter, Cotton Grader, Egg Grader, Fruit Sorter, Meat Grader, Oyster Sorter, Peanut Grader, Potato Sorter, Seed Sorter

ABOUT AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS GRADER OR SORTER CAREERS

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Have you ever wondered who decides that an egg is grade A or that a cut of beef is prime? Consumers rely on the professional judgment of agricultural graders and sorters. They determine what's best, what's second best, and what's unacceptable.

Graders and sorters examine agricultural products ...
and unprocessed foods headed for market. They rate them according to size, weight, appearance, and condition. Eggs, for example, are graded according to their color and size. Meat is graded for its fat layers. Products found to be below standard are discarded. The grade that is assigned determines the price that can be charged for the product.

Work is usually in clean, air-conditioned rooms - and because some foods may spoil if they're not examined and shipped quickly, work hours may include evenings and weekends. Sorters and graders spend hours on their feet, and they must be able to lift heavy boxes for examination and quickly determine the quality and grade of products.

Beginners start with simple visual inspection and learn through on-the-job training. A high school diploma is often required of those who test products. Although job growth in this field is limited, there are opportunities at agricultural and food products companies, at produce packaging plants, and at some food stores. Sorters and graders help maintain the high standards that make our nation's food products among the best in the world.

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Grade, sort, or classify unprocessed food and other agricultural products by size, weight, color, or condition.
Leadership
LOW
Critical decision making
LOW
Level of responsibilities
LOW
Job challenge and pressure to meet deadlines
LOW
Dealing and handling conflict
LOW
Competition for this position
LOW
Communication with others
LOW
Work closely with team members, clients etc.
LOW
Comfort of the work setting
HIGH
Exposure to extreme environmental conditions
LOW
Exposure to job hazards
LOW
Physical demands
LOW
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DAILY 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.
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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.
Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
Controlling Machines and Processes Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).
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Public Safety and Security Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
Production and Processing Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
Food Production Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
Clerical Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
Transportation Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
Personnel and Human Resources Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
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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.
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Manual Dexterity The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
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Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Persuasion Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
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