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Agricultural inspector

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

Average salary (a year)

£23,000 Starter


£40,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

38 to 40 a week

You could work

evenings away from home

How to become

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How to become Agricultural inspector

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • applying directly


You could start by taking a degree in a relevant subject like:

  • science
  • maths
  • environmental health
  • agriculture

Some universities offer a foundation degree in agriculture as preparation for working in the agricultural sector.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree

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The following courses may help you to work towards this role:

  • Level 2 or 3 Diploma in Agriculture
  • Level 3 BTEC Diploma in Agriculture

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course
  • 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course

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Direct Application

To apply directly to become an agricultural inspector, you'll usually need A levels or equivalent and at least 2 years' relevant work experience, for example as an agricultural machine operator.

A professional qualification in health and safety would also be useful, for example a course offered through NEBOSH or IOSH.

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Career tips

You're most likely to find jobs with a government-related agency, for instance:

Further information

You can find more details about working as an agricultural inspector from Tasty Careers and The Institute of Agriculture and Horticulture.

What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • 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
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your day to day duties will depend on where you work.

For the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), you could:

  • check machinery, buildings and the working environment
  • investigate accidents and complaints
  • write reports and make recommendations

For the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), you could:

  • collect and analyse data
  • check record keeping on farms
  • investigate animal welfare concerns
  • plan the control and prevention of animal disease

For food assurance standards, you could:

  • inspect the health and welfare of livestock
  • check food crop production methods
  • ensure records and documents are kept up to date

Working environment

You could work in an office or on a farm.

Your working environment may be noisy and dirty.

You may need to wear protective clothing.

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

With experience, you could become a manager or work as a consultant in occupational health.

You could also specialise in areas like public health or conservation. Salaries for specialist work can sometimes be higher.

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

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Courses In England

Agriculture Level 2 Diploma

  • Start date: 02 September 2024
  • Location: Moreton Morrell

Level 2 Diploma Agriculture

  • Start date: 12 September 2024
  • Location: Gloucester

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