Testers and graders, food and beverage processing

Testers and graders, food and beverage processing

NOC
9465

Test or grade ingredients and finished food or beverage products to ensure conformance to company standards.

Quick facts

3 Year Outlook

Fair
Fair

3 Year Job Openings

29
 

Median Hourly Wage

$17.06
$14.00
Low
$22.60
High

Median Salary

$19,363
 

Typically Required

High school or specific training

Employed

203
 

% Working Full Time

87%
 

% Working Full Year

46%
 
Job details

Full NOC Description

Testers and graders in this unit group test or grade ingredients and finished food or beverage products to ensure conformance to company standards. They are employed in fruit and vegetable processing plants, dairies, flour mills, bakeries, sugar refineries, fish plants, meat plants, breweries and other food and beverage processing plants.

Main Duties

Testers and graders in this unit group perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Take samples of products at various stages of processing
  • Examine ingredients or finished products by sight, touch, taste and smell or weigh materials to ensure conformance to company standards
  • Conduct routine tests for product specifications such as colour, alcohol content, carbonation, moisture content, temperature, fat content and packaging
  • Grade or sort raw materials or finished products
  • Ensure hygiene and sanitation practices conform to policies and regulations
  • Advise supervisors of ingredient or product deficiencies.

Also Known As

  • beef grader
  • beer tester
  • cheese grader
  • fish grader
  • milk grader
  • poultry grader
  • product tester - food and beverage processing
  • tobacco grader
Requirements

Employment Requirements

  • Completion of secondary school is usually required.
  • Experience as a machine operator or labourer in the food or beverage processing industry may be required.
  • On-the-job training is usually provided.

Provincial Regulation

Not Provincially Regulated

Employment by Sex

The following graph shows the percentage of men and women working in this occupation in New Brunswick.

Data legend

62.5%
Female
37.5%
Male
Employment by age

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick by age group.

Data legend

13.2%
15-24
5.3%
25-34
21.1%
35-44
28.9%
45-54
31.6%
55-64
0.0%
65+
Employment by highest level of education

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick by highest level of education achieved.

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23.8%
No Certificate, Diploma or Degree
45.2%
High School, Diploma or Equivalent
4.8%
Apprenticeship or Trades Certificate or Diploma
26.2%
College or University Below Bachelor Level
0.0%
University - Bachelor Level or Above
Employment by Industry

The following graph shows the industry groups in which the largest shares of persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick are employed. Small percentages for all top three industry groups may suggest employment for this occupation is widely distributed amongst many industry groups.

Data legend

61.0%
Manufacturing
17.1%
Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting
12.2%
Wholesale trade
9.8%
All Other Industries
Employment by Economic Regions

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons employed in this occupation in New Brunswick by which economic region they reside in.

Data legend

17.90%
Northeast
20.50%
Southeast
12.80%
Southwest
0.00%
Central
48.70%
Northwest
Province of New Brunswick Economic Regions

Economic Regions

The following map displays New Brunswick’s five economic regions. An economic region (ER) is a grouping of counties, created as a standard unit for analysis of regional economic activity across Canada.

Annual Median Salary by Economic Regions

The following graph shows the median salary of all persons employed in this occupation in each of New Brunswick’s five economic regions.

Data legend

$17,033
Northeast
$22,498
Southeast
N/A
Southwest
N/A
Central
$28,944
Northwest
Province of New Brunswick Economic Regions

Economic Regions

The following map displays New Brunswick’s five economic regions. An economic region (ER) is a grouping of counties, created as a standard unit for analysis of regional economic activity across Canada.

Hourly Median Wages by Economic Regions

The following represents the median hourly wage of all persons employed in this occupation in each of New Brunswick’s five economic regions.

No Data Available
Salary

This following represents the median salary of all persons employed in this occupation compared to the median salary of workers employed in this occupation that work full-time year-round.

All Workers Employed in this Occupation

$19,363

Workers Employed Full-time, Full-year

$36,570

This following represents the median salary of persons employed in this occupation across each of the Atlantic Provinces and nationally.

New Brunswick

$19,363

Newfoundland

$14,026

Prince Edward Island

$16,152

Nova Scotia

$18,320

Canada

$33,076
Employment Outlook

The following represents the number of job openings that are expected to occur in this occupation over the next three and ten years respectively, broken down by openings expected to result from growth (“new jobs”) and openings expected to result from attrition (death and retirements).

Three Year Outlook

Total Openings: 3 Year

29
 

New Jobs: 3 Year

-2
 

Retirements/Deaths: 3 Year

30
 

Ten Year Outlook

Total Openings: 10 Year

82
 

New Jobs: 10 Year

-13
 

Retirements/Deaths: 10 Year

94