What do I need to do to become a food inspector for the USDA?

I really like food and would like a career that pertains to food. I did at first want to be a chef but it doesn't pay well and I rather not be overwhelmed by debt. I would like to know how would I go about becoming a food inspector and if the job pays well. I will be a senior in high school this fall and I've already taken 2 foods classes (one being a serve safe). I'm also taking pro-start next year. Any advice will be appreciated.

Asked By: ©hris - 6/9/2009
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I think you have to be a microbiologist. I have a cousin who is one and as I recall her degree was in microbiology. Check it out...
Answered By: Nevermore - 6/9/2009
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you would probably need an advanced degree in microbiology or something along those a masters degree...
Answered By: Zanthus - 6/9/2009
well at places where USDA inspectors go to inspect products :1.) they find a homeless person . 2.)pay him 3.) hand him a rubber stamp and ink 4.) they send him to the boxes and say stamp these 5.) the USDA guy leaves the office after making small talk with the managers while another man "does" his job
Answered By: Steve - 6/9/2009
If you haven't done so yet, Take every bit of Science ( Biology, Physics, and Chemistry) and Mathematics you can get.
Answered By: SCOTT - 6/9/2009
"The basic needs will be an undergraduate degree in a related field such as: food safety, biology, chemistry, agriculture, etc." "Go to to download an inspection application... More
Answered By: vampyra131369 - 6/9/2009
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