Postsecondary Agricultural Sciences Teachers

Education & Training > Teaching/Training

Projected Growth: Average

1200+
Projected Job Openings

Extensive Preparation Needed

Job Description

Your job is to Teach courses in the agricultural sciences. Includes teachers of agronomy, dairy sciences, fisheries management, horticultural sciences, poultry sciences, range management, and agricultural soil conservation. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Common job titles of Postsecondary Agricultural Sciences Teachers include:
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Experience and Education

Extensive skill, knowledge, and experience are needed for these occupations. Many require more than five years of experience. For example, surgeons must complete four years of college and an additional five to seven years of specialized medical training to be able to do their job.

  • 55.31% said they needed a Doctoral Degree.

  • 27% said they needed a Post-Doctoral Training.

Tasks

    Evaluate and grade students' class work, laboratory work, assignments, and papers.

    Supervise undergraduate or graduate teaching, internship, and research work.

    Keep abreast of developments in the field by reading current literature, talking with colleagues, and participating in professional conferences.

    Conduct research in a particular field of knowledge and publish findings in professional journals, books, or electronic media.

    Perform administrative duties, such as serving as department head.

    Maintain regularly scheduled office hours to advise and assist students.

    Collaborate with colleagues to address teaching and research issues.

    Maintain student attendance records, grades, and other required records.

    Supervise laboratory sessions and field work and coordinate laboratory operations.

    Initiate, facilitate, and moderate classroom discussions.

    Prepare and deliver lectures to undergraduate or graduate students on topics such as crop production, plant genetics, and soil chemistry.

    Prepare course materials, such as syllabi, homework assignments, and handouts.

    Serve on academic or administrative committees that deal with institutional policies, departmental matters, and academic issues.

    Participate in campus and community events.

    Act as advisers to student organizations.

    Advise students on academic and vocational curricula and on career issues.

    Compile, administer, and grade examinations, or assign this work to others.

    Compile bibliographies of specialized materials for outside reading assignments.

    Select and obtain materials and supplies, such as textbooks and laboratory equipment.

    Participate in student recruitment, registration, and placement activities.

    Write grant proposals to procure external research funding.

    Plan, evaluate, and revise curricula, course content, and course materials and methods of instruction.

    Provide professional consulting services to government or industry.

Tools

Wireless microphones

Webcams

Videoconferencing equipment

Universal serial bus USB flash drives

Television monitors

Tablet computers

Student response systems

All Tools

Projector screens

Poster printers

Photocopying equipment

Personal computers

Overhead data projectors

Opaque projectors

Multimedia projection equipment

Multi-line telephone systems

MP3 digital voice recorders

Microphone podiums

Liquid crystal display LCD televisions

Liquid crystal display LCD projectors

Laser facsimile machines

Laptop computers

Interactive whiteboards

Interactive whiteboard controllers

Handheld microphones

Digital video disk DVD players

Digital video cameras

Digital calculators

Desktop computers

Conference telephones

Computer projectors

Computer laser printers

Computer data input scanners

Compact disk CD players

Compact digital cameras

Carousel slide projectors

Technologies

Calendar and scheduling software

Collaborative editing software

Data management software

Desire2Learn

DOC Cop

Image scanning software

Learning management system LMS

All Technologies

Sakai CLE

Web page design software

Abilities

Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Expression

Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension

Read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Comprehension

Speak clearly so others can understand you.

Auditory and Speech Abilities › Sensory Abilities › Speech Clarity

Communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Expression

Apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Deductive Reasoning

Combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Inductive Reasoning

Identify and understand the speech of another person.

Auditory and Speech Abilities › Sensory Abilities › Speech Recognition

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Occupation Sections

Knowledge

Biology

Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.

Education and Training

Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

English Language

Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

Administration and Management

Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

Food Production

Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.

Communications and Media

Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.

Mathematics

Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

Geography

Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.

Computers and Electronics

Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

Clerical

Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.

Personnel and Human Resources

Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.

Law and Government

Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.

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