Careers in Agriculture

The most obvious careers in agriculture are directly related to the farm or ranch. But there are many other careers that comprise the agricultural field. There are approximately 22 million people in the United States who work in agriculture related fields. Unlike agriculture of our grandparents’ day, today’s agriculture offers over 200 rewarding and challenging careers. Below are some sample careers from U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition, Agricultural Workers, on the Internet at

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Agricultural and   Food Science Technicians Under   the supervision of scientists, agricultural and food science technicians   measure and analyze the quality of food and agricultural products. Associate’s   degree


Agricultural Workers Agricultural workers maintain the   quality of farms, crops, and livestock by operating machinery and doing   physical labor under the supervision of agricultural managers. Less than   high school


Forest and   Conservation Workers Forest   and conservation workers measure and improve the quality of forests. Under   the supervision of foresters and forest and conservation technicians, they   help to develop, maintain, and protect forests. High school   diploma or equivalent


Food Processing   Occupations Food   processing occupations include butchers and meat cutters; meat, poultry, and   fish cutters and trimmers; and operators and tenders of roasting, baking, and   drying machinery. These workers cut, trim, or otherwise process food items,   such as meat, or nonfood items, such as tobacco, for retail sale. Less than   high school


Slaughterers and Meat Packers Slaughterers   and meat packers kill and clean animals, divide carcasses into manageable   sections, and grind or otherwise prepare and pack products, such as boxed   beef, for shipping to distribution centers. Less than   high school



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