Agricultural Grader/Sorter  What They Do

Just the Facts


Grades, sorts, or classifies unprocessed food and 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:

  • Grades and sorts products according to factors such as color, species, length, width, appearance, feel, smell, and quality to ensure correct processing and usage.
  • Discards inferior or defective products or foreign matter, and places acceptable products in containers for further processing.
  • Weighs products or estimates their weight, visually or by feel.
  • Places products in containers according to grade and marks grades on containers.
  • 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
  • Exposure to pollutants, gases, dust, fumes, odors, poor ventilation, etc.
  • Conditions are very hot (above 90 F) or very cold (under 32 F)
  • 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

Work Hours and Travel

  • Seasonal work

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