The education requirements of a food inspector will depend on the type of function. O*NET OnLine reported that, among agricultural inspectors, including food safety inspectors, 56% of respondents had only a high school diploma. However, to become a food inspector, you'll typically need a bachelor's degree or associate degree in biology or microbiology. A degree will most likely improve employment prospects and increase annual salary.
Certification and licensing are not mandatory, but certification can improve employment opportunities.