Sounds like a yummy job, who doesn’t like to eat perfect crispy chips? But have you wondered how every chip in the bag is perfect in shape and color?
There is a job called potato chip inspector where the person inspects each and every chips before it goes to packaging. They get rid of burned, broken or unappetizing specimens. Watching thousands of potato chips tumble down a conveyor belt might be monotonous, but it is a living for people out there and they pretty much enjoy their job. Chip inspector Myrtle Young worked for eight hours shift at Seyfert Food Inc., a potato chip plant in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Young scanned the conveyor belt in search of misshapen, broken or miscoloured chips. She even has a huge collection of chips which she thought were looked like something, some specific shape like she had one angry dog chip, a candle chip and a sleeping bird chip to her collection which she was very proud of.
The potato chip has celebrating its 160th birthday this year and march 14 is national potato chip day in America .
A job as a Potato Chip Sorter falls under the broader career category of Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers. But the job doesn’t just include watching the chips going down, they need to take few more responsibilities as well. That includes discussing the inspected results with those who are responsible for the products and recommend necessary corrective actions. They have to inspect, test or measure materials, products and installations. Discard or reject products, materials, or equipment not meeting specifications. Mark items with details such as grade or acceptance- rejection status.
Sounds like a lot isn’t it? Well some chip lovers love to do the job for the sake of being around potato chips around the day. There is no specific certificate or degree needed but still one has to carry some traits to become a chip inspector.
You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
• Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
• Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
• Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
Potato chip inspectors make 12 bucks an hour or $20,000 – $56,000 annually, but it takes a lot of skill to make sure they taste right.
So what do you think of this as a career? Of course not a career but a good job to earn if you are not so career oriented person. It could become monotonous after sometime but if you are happy to make every potato chip packet full of perfectly tasted and shaped chips, then you might want to stick to it for long.