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+ Agricultural Engineers Job Description
Developing a flood control system for a community threatened by a river… Designing a farm of the future for a major corporation… Supervising production of new strains of plants … These are just some of the varied jobs an agricultural engineer might do. This is a lifetime career, for which you must train at an engineering school or college department. If you decide to go into research and development, you might go on for a master’s degree, or PhD > view more

+ Agricultural Inspectors Job Description
America’s farms and ranches feed the world. The wood from our forests is also in great demand. Agricultural Inspectors help to make sure that everything grown for commercial purposes meets government standards for quality and safety. Inspectors are involved in all aspects of the production process…often examining samples along the way. They also inspect the equipment used in the production; checking to see that it’s clean and in proper working condition > view more

+ Agricultural Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary
From farms and ranches…to fisheries and forests, science plays a vital role in all aspects of agriculture. Training the next generation of specialists in this area is the work of Agricultural Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary. These teachers are usually found at universities, colleges and community colleges. They are responsible for developing the course material for students interested in furthering their education in agriculture > view more

+ Agriculture Food and Natural Resources Job Description
People who work in Agriculture and Natural Resources are carrying on a tradition as old as civilization itself. Ever since humans made the transition from hunting and gathering to farming and building homes, they have relied on those who specialized in developing sources for food and shelter. The search for food, and the operation of tools for planting and harvesting, now uses the very latest technology > view more

+ Animal Trainers Job Description
People love animals -- and animals are even more lovable when they're well-trained. Professional animal trainers teach animals new behaviors… whether it's a complicated routine at a live animal show… a search and rescue operation… or simply training a puppy not to jump up onto visitors. Animals such as dogs, birds and monkeys have been trained to assist individuals who are deaf, blind or mobility-impaired > view more

+ Bakers, Bread and Pastry Job Description
The smell of just baked bread, rolls and muffins or the taste of a fresh pastry is hard to resist. Bakers measure and mix ingredients according to recipes, bake the dough in ovens and decorate and finish the final products. Large commercial bakeries and bakeries in hotels and restaurants may turn out thousands of items daily, while neighborhood and supermarket bakeries turn out smaller quantities, just enough to supply their local customers > view more

+ Bartenders Job Description
Bartenders fill the beer, wine, and mixed drink orders that waiters and waitresses take from patrons seated in a restaurant or lounge. Most do the same for customers seated at the bar. Whether through vocational school training or personal experience, most bartenders know how to prepare drink orders quickly and efficiently, even during an establishment’s busiest periods. However, since the same brands are available everywhere, the most important part of a bartender’s job is usually the creation of a friendly, welcoming atmosphere that encourages customers to return on a regular basis > view more

+ Biological Technicians Job Description
Scientific applications in the biological and agricultural industries have enabled our country to become one of the largest food and medicine producers in the world. Much of this research occurs in scientific laboratories where biological, agricultural and food technicians are employed. Biological, agricultural and food Technicians set up, operate and maintain laboratory instruments, monitor experiments, make observations, calculate and record results > view more

+ Cashiers Job Description
Cashiers account for the sale of a store’s merchandise - an important responsibility in helping businesses run smoothly and efficiently. To be considered for this kind of job, a store manager must believe an applicant to be trustworthy, since cashiers are given tremendous faith in safeguarding a business’s money. Duties include weighing produce and bulk food, receiving money, totaling bills and returning any change, and filling out charge forms and giving receipts > view more

+ Chefs and Head Cooks Job Description
Though some people think the words "chef" and "cook" mean the same thing, in the restaurant world, there's a big difference. Chefs are more highly skilled and better trained than most cooks, and have more responsibility for designing the meals that make a restaurant's reputation. But it's not all about the food. This job requires good organizational and management skills. Sometimes called a head cook, the chef supervises the entire kitchen staff and keeps track of supplies and schedules > view more

+ Chemical Engineers Job Description
From the foods we eat, to our clothes, furniture and automobiles, chemicals play a large role in our lives. Chemical engineers convert scientific discoveries into marketable products. Chemical engineers are involved in many aspects of; chemical production, research and design, as well as, in the construction and operation of industrial plants. They conduct research to develop new manufacturing processes, analyze operating procedures, equipment and machinery functions and make recommendations for reducing processing time and cost > view more

+ Chemical Plant and System Operators Job Description
Whether the product is photographic film, pesticides, prescription drugs, or food, the chances are that it uses one of the 50,000 different chemical substances manufactured by workers in the chemical industries. Operating from a control booth, chemical plant and systems operators use gauges and computer readouts to monitor and control the entire production process. They make sure that chemicals are mixed in the correct ratios, and that reaction rates, temperatures, and many other variables are on target > view more

+ Cooks, Fast Food Job Description
Fast food cooks work in local diners, bars, and restaurants, and in locations operated by national fast food chains. They prepare hamburgers, hot dogs, pizza, French fries, fried chicken, deli sandwiches, and other basic menu items. The hours are long. The work is often part-time. The pay is not much above the minimum wage. And there are usually no benefits. Yet being a fast food cook has a lot to offer those with their eyes on a career in food services > view more

+ Cooks, Restaurant Job Description
Across the nation, over 700,000 restaurant cooks prepare literally millions of meals each day, most of them cooked to order. Since different foods require different preparation techniques and cooking times, filling the dinner order for just a party of four can be a major challenge. Yet that's the challenge restaurant cooks routinely meet and master many times over. Specific duties vary depending on the restaurant > view more

+ Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee
If you like working around food, can deal with pressure and are neat and friendly, you probably have the ingredients to work as a counter attendant at a cafeteria, food concession or coffee shop. This is usually an entry-level position for people with high school degrees. Training takes place on the job. An experienced worker will show you how to take an order… prepare food and beverages… and how to properly serve them > view more

+ Dietetic Technicians Job Description
There’s an expression – “you are what you eat.” And that’s certainly true when it comes to good nutrition. Dietetic Technicians help to make the important connection between food and health. At hospitals, they assist in planning meals that meet the needs of individual patients. They might also work for schools and corporations, developing food selections for the cafeteria. In every case, they rely on guidelines established by the government and medical experts > view more

+ Dietitians and Nutritionists Job Description
The positive health and lifestyle effects of a healthy diet are very much in the news. The people behind the headlines are dietitians and nutritionists, who work to help all kinds of people, take better care of themselves, by making wiser food choices. For someone being treated for high blood pressure, a consulting dietitian or nutritionist in private practice, or associated with a clinic, can help design a diet that tastes great with less salt and fat > view more

+ Driver/Sales Workers Job Description
From the bread to soft drinks to toothpaste, the products you find on the supermarket shelves have been placed there by one of the legions of driver-sales workers employed by nearly every company with a product to sell in a retail store. In some businesses, a salesperson persuades a store to buy the product, a driver delivers it, and the store owner has the items unpacked and placed on the shelves > view more

+ Entrepreneur Job Description
People willing to take the risk of starting their own businesses are called entrepreneurs. There’s no single road to becoming an entrepreneur. Some may hit upon an idea for a business by creating an item or providing a service for friends. Others may decide to quit working for someone else and strike out on their own. Or they may use their entire savings to buy a franchise, like a fast food restaurant > view more

+ Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health Job Description
There is a price any society pays for progress. Often, that price is measured in damage to our environment or the public health. Environmental Scientists and Specialists, including health specialists, try to stop the damage. These specialists investigate what’s causing the pollution or health hazard. They may perform laboratory and field tests to monitor environmental resources and determine the contaminants and sources of pollution > view more

+ Farmers and Ranchers Job Description
Farmers and ranchers live in a close connection with the cycle of seasons, the earth and its creatures. Growing crops and raising livestock is a profession as old as civilization itself. Yet modern farming methods, and the global marketplace, have transformed the process. So let go of stereotypes about how farmers live and work. In addition to traditional crops such as corn and wheat, you might be interested in a peach farm in New Jersey or a horse ranch in Montana > view more

+ Fishing Men and Women Job Description
Fishing is often called the most dangerous job in the world. Commercial fishing vessels can be trawlers, like the boat shown here that pulls a large net through the water. Or longliners, that string lines of hooks behind them for miles. Other vessels include: potters or lobster boats; gillnetters; purse seiners; and even hook and liners that catch their fish one at a time with fishing poles > view more

+ Food Preparation Workers Job Description
Although there are few formal requirements for food preparation workers, but not everyone has what it takes to keep a busy kitchen running smoothly at mealtime rush hours! Being able to perform tasks in the most efficient manner is essential in this profession. As is the ability to follow instructions and work well with the rest of the kitchen staff. Duties include scrubbing, peeling, and preparing vegetables, de-boning fish, and making sandwiches or mixing bread and pastry dough > view more

+ Food Scientists and Technologists Job Description
Most of us take the safety of the food we eat—and its availability--for granted. Yet many visitors to America marvel at the variety and abundance on display in our grocery stores. Making sure that the food supply is steady and safe is the work of agriculture and food scientists. They are involved in just about every aspect of America’s diet. From the farm…to the processing plant…to the packagers…to the table, scientists work to make what’s good even better > view more

+ Food Service Managers Job Description
Food service managers are not only responsible for putting food on the table at colleges, large restaurants, and institutions; they're also responsible for the preparation of how the table is to be set up, as well as for the preparation of the server who takes the order and delivers the meal. In fact, food service managers do everything that restaurant owners do but on a much larger scale: they confer with chefs and cooks regarding the items on the day's menu, the size of the portions, and the price to be charged; they keep a sharp eye out for waste; and they do their best to maximize profitability without sacrificing quality > view more

+ Forest and Conservation Workers Job Description
Forests, meadows, rivers, and streams--and the wildlife they shelter--are systems with many complex parts. It is the job of forest and conservation workers to make sure that those parts mesh smoothly and remain in balance. Formal technical training is almost always required, especially for specific duties such as diagnosing and treating diseased trees. While other duties, such as planting food plots for wildlife, require at least a high school degree > view more

+ Graders and Sorters, Agricultural Products Job Descriptions
Have you ever wondered who decides that an egg is “Grade A” …or that a cut of beef is “Prime”? Consumers rely on the professional judgment of Agricultural Graders and Sorters. They determine what’s best, what’s second best…and what’s unacceptable. Graders and sorters examine agricultural products and unprocessed foods headed for market. They rate them according to size, weight, appearance and condition > view more

+ Health Educators Job Description
People with good health often take it for granted. But a healthy lifestyle is something that most people need to work at. And that’s where Health Educators come in. They help people learn to take responsibility for their own well-being. Either one-on-one...or in groups... these professionals meet with clients... and assess their needs. They then develop a program or approach to address those needs > view more

+ Hospitality and Tourism Job Description
Recreation and celebration in America is big business! Just about everyone likes to play and party, and for every form of fun, there is work to be done! From baking special cakes, to managing betting at a casino, there are many ways to make a living in the field of hospitality and tourism. Many jobs in this field do not require more than a high school degree. Training is supplied on the job for such positions as janitors and cleaners, bakers and food preparation workers, bartenders and amusement and recreation attendants > view more

+ Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop
If you enjoy interacting with people, like to dress well and give a good impression, and need a job that doesn’t require a lot of training, you might consider finding work as a host or hostess in a restaurant, lounge, or coffee shop. This is not the best-paid position in the establishment, but it’s vitally important because the host or hostess is the first impression a customer receives. The host or hostess is often responsible for taking reservations, guiding customers to tables, providing them with menus and making sure they receive prompt and courteous service > view more

+ Manufacturing Job Description
Most of us depend on others to make the things we use, and the food we buy at the store. We look to manufacturers to produce the material goods we need to live. At every step of the production process, there are jobs in manufacturing. There are machines for making machines, and someone has to design them. Then those machines have to be operated, fed materials, and their products have to be finished—sometimes by hand-- packaged, marketed and delivered > view more

+ Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers
When it comes to buying meat, poultry or fish, consumers want more than just a good price. They want products that have been prepared properly and safely. That’s the responsibility of Meat, Poultry and Fish Cutters and Trimmers. Cutters and trimmers first inspect the food, to insure that it’s free of defects or bruises. Then they’ll clean, slice and section the product. With meat and poultry, bones and excess fat may be removed > view more

+ Nonfarm Animal Caretakers Job Description
A love of animals is just the beginning. If you wish to pursue a career as an animal caretaker, you must care enough about creatures to carry you through the difficulties of coping with a wide variety of chores and needs. Veterinary assistants in animal hospitals and clinics are trained to prepare the animals for surgery, and to clean them, and their cages. You cannot be squeamish about cleaning wounds and incisions, or coping with messes > view more

+ Nuclear Engineers Job Description
Tremendous energy Is trapped in the nucleus of a tiny atom. Harnessing that energy is the work of nuclear engineers. They search for efficient ways to capture the bursts of energy from a disintegrating atom, and put it to use. Nuclear engineers can be found developing numerous applications for nuclear energy… including power plants for consumer heat and electricity… methods for the diagnosis and treatment of diseases, preservation of food supplies, or sterilization of medical instruments… and systems to power ships and spacecraft… Nuclear engineers also make sure the atom’s awesome power is used safely and that nuclear waste is disposed of safely > view more

+ Pest Control Workers Job Description
Pest controllers and their assistants eliminate rats, mice, termites, wasps, and other pests from places where they do not belong. Restaurants, where food is prepared; apartment buildings, where infants and toddlers live; and any place else where people can be bitten, stung, or made sick by pests and the diseases they carry… These are all part of a pest controller's territory. Since many pest control jobs involve working with powerful poisons and chemicals, it is important to be alert at all times and to follow proper safety procedures > view more

+ Plant Scientists Job Description
Plant scientists work from the ground, up -- to make farming more productive. They can specialize in one of several areas of study. Agronomists and crop scientists look for ways to get more out of each plant, even how to boost nutritional value and seed output. Some are experts in the breeding and physiology of plants, and use genetic engineering to enhance Mother Nature. They work in the lab and the greenhouse, genetically altering plants to achieve specific traits… perhaps sprout more quickly… or adapt to certain types of soil or climates… or use less water > view more

+ Precision Devices Inspectors and Testers Job Description
also check the work of other people. Just about every manufactured product, from the clothes we wear, to the food we eat, to the cars we drive, are subject to inspection. And we’re fortunate to live in a country that maintains strict standards to make sure food, drugs and products are as safe as possible. Some inspectors, testers and graders work for the government. But most work for the companies whose products they check > view more

+ Stock Clerks, Sales Floor Job Description
Companies, plants and stores use Stock Clerks to receive, sort, unpack, store and keep track of materials or products. Most stock clerks work in grocery and department stores. Stock clerks check deliveries against invoices for accuracy and for damages. The items are then organized, marked and placed into the inventory system. Bar code scanners and computers are often used to track the items > view more

+ Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers Job Description
Drivers of Tractor-Trailer Trucks are people who really deliver. Just about everything we use…from cars to food to furniture…comes to us on big rigs. Before the drivers leave the terminal or warehouse, they will get details about their assignments, called manifests. Then the drivers will load up and make sure their rigs are ready for the road. They’ll check fuel and oil levels, as well as brakes, windshield wipers and lights > view more

+ Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers
Veterinary assistants work with veterinarians and veterinary technicians to treat animals for disease, administer shots or pills, and assist during surgery. As such, they are the rough equivalent of the aides who assist nurses and doctors in caring for people. The job may include doing the "dirty work" of cleaning kennels and sweeping out cages. But it also includes such gratifying tasks as grooming an animal and bringing it food and water > view more

+ Waiters and Waitresses Job Description
Waiters and waitresses take orders and serve food in restaurants, coffee shops, and other establishments. But few people realize that a waiter or waitress can make or break a business. That's because "service sells!" The food may be completely ordinary, but if the waiters and waitresses are friendly and attentive, customers will come back again and again. Job opportunities can range from local diners… to national chains… to expensive restaurants in major cities and resort areas > view more

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