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Career and Education Opportunities for Food Graders in Scottsdale, Arizona

If you want to be a food grader, the Scottsdale, Arizona area offers many opportunities both for education and employment. There are currently 780 jobs for food graders in Arizona and this is projected to shrink by 7% to about 720 jobs by 2016. This is not quite as good as the nation as a whole, where employment opportunities for food graders are expected to grow by about 0.2%. Food graders generally grade, sort, or classify unprocessed food and other agricultural products by size, weight, or condition.

Income for food graders is about $8 hourly or $17,850 annually on average in Arizona. Nationally, their income is about $9 hourly or $18,850 annually. Earnings for food graders are not quite as good as earnings in the general category of Farming in Arizona and not quite as good as general Farming category earnings nationally.

The Scottsdale area is home to seventy-six schools of higher education, including two within twenty-five miles of Scottsdale where you can get a degree as a food grader. Food graders usually hold less than a high school diploma, so you can expect to spend only a short time studying to be a food grader if you already have a high school diploma.

CAREER DESCRIPTION: Food Grader

Food Grader video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

In general, food graders grade, sort, or classify unprocessed food and other agricultural products by size, weight, or condition.

Every day, food graders are expected to be able to organize information in a variety of ways. They need to control objects and devices with precise control. It is also important that they listen to and understand others in meetings.

It is important for food graders to separate fiber tufts between fingers to gauge strength and cohesive quality of fibers. They are often called upon to grade and sort products in line with factors such as color and quality to insure correct processing and usage. They also discard inferior or faulty products and/or foreign matter, and place acceptable products in containers for further processing. They are sometimes expected to weigh products or estimate their weight, visually or by feel. Somewhat less frequently, food graders are also expected to record grade and/or identification numbers on tags or on shipping, receiving, or sales sheets.

Food graders sometimes are asked to place products in containers in line with grade and mark grades on containers. And finally, they sometimes have to weigh products or estimate their weight, visually or by feel.

Like many other jobs, food graders must be reliable and be thorough and dependable.

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EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES: Food Grader Training

Mesa Community College - Mesa, AZ

Mesa Community College, 1833 W Southern Ave, Mesa, AZ 85202. Mesa Community College is a large college located in Mesa, Arizona. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 23,825 students. Mesa Community College has an associate's degree program in Agricultural/Farm Supplies Retailing and Wholesaling.

Glendale Community College - Glendale, AZ

Glendale Community College, 6000 W Olive Ave, Glendale, AZ 85302. Glendale Community College is a large college located in Glendale, Arizona. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 18,228 students. Glendale Community College has an associate's degree program in Agricultural/Farm Supplies Retailing and Wholesaling.

LOCATION INFORMATION: Scottsdale, Arizona

Scottsdale, Arizona
Scottsdale, Arizona photo by Flyer84

Scottsdale is located in Maricopa County, Arizona. It has a population of over 235,371, which has grown by 16.1% in the past ten years. The cost of living index in Scottsdale, 104, is above the national average. New single-family homes in Scottsdale are priced at $633,700 on average, which is far greater than the state average. In 2008, two hundred thirty-three new homes were constructed in Scottsdale, down from six hundred eighty-nine the previous year.

The three big industries for women in Scottsdale are health care, professional, scientific, and technical services, and educational services. For men, it is professional, scientific, and technical services, finance and insurance, and accommodation and food services. The average travel time to work is about 24 minutes. More than 44.1% of Scottsdale residents have a bachelor's degree, which is higher than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 14.7%, is higher than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Scottsdale is 6.4%, which is less than Arizona's average of 9.3%.

The percentage of Scottsdale residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 39.7%, is less than the national average but more than the state average. The most common religious groups are the Catholic Church, the LDS (Mormon) Church and the Southern Baptist Convention.

Scottsdale is home to the Arabian Library and the McCormick Ranch Golf Course as well as Indian Bend Wash Greenbelt and McCormick Railroad Park. Shopping centers in the area include Los Arcos Mall, Park Scottsdale Shopping Center and Papago Plaza Shopping Center. Visitors to Scottsdale can choose from Hyatt Regency & Resorts - Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort, Doubletree Paradise Valley and Innsuites Hotel-Scottsdale for temporary stays in the area.