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Career and Education Opportunities for Food Graders in Iowa

Iowa has a population of 3,007,856, which has grown by 2.79% over the past decade. Nicknamed the "Hawkeye State," Iowa's capital and largest city is Des Moines.

About 470 people are currently employed as food graders in Iowa. By 2016, this is expected to shrink 3% to about 460 people employed. 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.

Food graders earn about $10 hourly or $22,580 yearly on average in Iowa and about $9 per hour or $18,850 yearly on average nationally. Incomes for food graders are not quite as good as in the overall category of Farming in Iowa, and not quite as good as the overall Farming category nationally.

In 2008, there were a total of 2,025,350 jobs in Iowa. The average annual income was $37,509 in 2008, up from $35,755 the previous year. The unemployment rate in Iowa was 6.0% in 2009, which has grown by 1.6% since the previous year. About 21.2% of Iowa residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in Iowa include machinery manufacturing, agriculture, construction, and mining machinery manufacturing, and grain milling. Notable tourist destinations include the Des Moines Art Center, the Historical Outfitters, and the Edmundson Art Foundation Inc.

CITIES WITH Food Grader OPPORTUNITIES IN Iowa


JOB 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.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in Iowa include:

  • Agricultural Equipment Operator. Drive and control farm equipment to till soil and to plant, cultivate, and harvest crops. May perform tasks, such as crop baling or hay bucking. May operate stationary equipment to perform post-harvest tasks, such as husking, shelling, and ginning.
  • Animal Breeder. Breed animals, including cattle, or pet birds. Select and breed animals according to their genealogy, characteristics, and offspring. May require a knowledge of artificial insemination techniques and equipment use. May involve keeping records on heats, birth intervals, or pedigree.
  • Farm Labor Contractor. Recruit, hire, and supervise seasonal or temporary agricultural laborers for a fee. May transport, house, and provide meals for workers.
  • Greenhouse Assistant. Work in nursery facilities or at customer location planting, cultivating, and transplanting trees, shrubs, or plants.

LOCATION INFORMATION: Iowa

Iowa
Iowa photo by Bill Whittaker

Iowa has a population of 3,007,856, which has grown by 2.79% over the past decade. Nicknamed the "Hawkeye State," Iowa's capital and largest city is Des Moines. In 2008, there were a total of 2,025,350 jobs in Iowa. The average annual income was $37,509 in 2008, up from $35,755 in 2007. The unemployment rate in Iowa was 6.0% in 2009, which has grown by 1.6% since the previous year. Roughly 21.2% of Iowa residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in Iowa include machinery manufacturing, agriculture, construction, and mining machinery manufacturing, and grain milling. Notable tourist attractions include the Science Center of Iowa, the Italian, and the Hubbell Historical Center.