Sample Collector

Mix fertilizer samples preparatory to laboratory analysis.
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Salary Range
$20,000 – $56,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Sample Collectors do?

Mixes fertilizer samples preparatory to laboratory analysis: Collects material from storage bin, railroad car, or bagging area, using auger or shovel. Dumps material onto mixing table. Blends material, using shovel, paddle, or hands. Pours blended sample into container, writes identifying information, such as material, date, and sample number, on label and attaches label to container. Collects samples of granulated fertilizer during various stages of processing, pours sample through riffle to mix and reduce amount to representative sample, and sends sample to laboratory for analysis.


Should I be a Sample Collector?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.

  • How to become a Sample Collector

    Most Sample Collectors have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9zcaaa&chl=no+college+%2869%25%29|certificate+%2828%25%29|associate%27s+%283%25%29|||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,69,69
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