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Agricultural Grader/Sorter  What They Do

Just the Facts


Grades, sorts, or classifies unprocessed food and other agricultural products by size, weight, color, or condition.

This career is part of the Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources cluster Food Products and Processing Systems pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Places products in containers according to grade and marks grades on containers.
  • Weighs products or estimates their weight, visually or by feel.
  • Discards inferior or defective products or foreign matter, and places acceptable products in containers for further processing.
  • Grades and sorts products according to factors such as color, species, length, width, appearance, feel, smell, and quality to ensure correct processing and usage.
  • Records grade or identification numbers on tags or on shipping, receiving, or sales sheets.
  • Separates fiber tufts between fingers to assess strength, uniformity, and cohesive quality of fibers.

Insider Info

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Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Work in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves making repetitive motions more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves standing more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly up close

Work Hours and Travel

  • Seasonal work

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