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Health and Regulatory Inspectors

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Approximately 557,510 inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers are employed in the United States. Employers of health and regulatory inspectors include the federal government (mainly in the Departments of Agriculture, Defense, Homeland Security, Justice, Labor, and Treasury), state and local governments, the U.S. Postal Service, and many insurance companies, hospitals, educational institutions, and manufacturing firms. Most environmental health inspectors work for state and local governments. The federal government employs the majority of inspectors in certain areas, such as food and agriculture, which come under the U.S. Public Health Service or the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Consumer safety is evenly divided between local government and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Regulatory inspectors work for the Federal Aviation Administration, Treasury Department, Department of Labor, and Department of Justice.

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