Projected Growth: Average
Projected Job Openings
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Your job is to Set up or maintain laboratory equipment and collect samples from crops or animals. Prepare specimens or record data to assist scientists in biology or related life science experiments.
Common job titles of Agricultural Technicians include:
Experience and Education
Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.
31.76% said they needed a Master's Degree.
29.46% said they needed a Bachelor's Degree.
Measure or weigh ingredients used in laboratory testing.
Supervise or train agricultural technicians or farm laborers.
Perform laboratory or field testing, using spectrometers, nitrogen determination apparatus, air samplers, centrifuges, or potential hydrogen (pH) meters to perform tests.
Collect animal or crop samples.
Examine animals or crop specimens to determine the presence of diseases or other problems.
Prepare laboratory samples for analysis, following proper protocols to ensure that they will be stored, prepared, and disposed of efficiently and effectively.
Conduct insect or plant disease surveys.
Record data pertaining to experimentation, research, or animal care.
Respond to general inquiries or requests from the public.
Supervise pest or weed control operations, including locating and identifying pests or weeds, selecting chemicals and application methods, or scheduling application.
Record environmental data from field samples of soil, air, water, or pests to monitor the effectiveness of integrated pest management (IPM) practices.
Maintain or repair agricultural facilities, equipment, or tools to ensure operational readiness, safety, and cleanliness.
Perform crop production duties, such as tilling, hoeing, pruning, weeding, or harvesting crops.
Prepare data summaries, reports, or analyses that include results, charts, or graphs to document research findings and results.
Perform tests on seeds to evaluate seed viability.
Prepare land for cultivated crops, orchards, or vineyards by plowing, discing, leveling, or contouring.
Set up laboratory or field equipment as required for site testing.
Conduct studies of nitrogen or alternative fertilizer application methods, quantities, or timing to ensure satisfaction of crop needs and minimization of leaching, runoff, or denitrification.
Prepare or present agricultural demonstrations.
Transplant trees, vegetables, or horticultural plants.
Operate farm machinery, including tractors, plows, mowers, combines, balers, sprayers, earthmoving equipment, or trucks.
Perform general nursery duties, such as propagating standard varieties of plant materials, collecting and germinating seeds, maintaining cuttings of plants, or controlling environmental conditions.
Determine the germination rates of seeds planted in specified areas.
Prepare culture media, following standard procedures.
Assess comparative soil erosion from various planting or tillage systems, such as conservation tillage with mulch or ridge till systems, no-till systems, or conventional tillage systems with or without moldboard plows.
Devise cultural methods or environmental controls for plants for which guidelines are sketchy or nonexistent.
Vacuum blood collection tubes
Tracked bulldozersAll Tools
Temperature controlled reach-in growth chambers
Sweep cultivator shovels
Soil moisture neutron probes
Shielded arc welding tools
Reverse osmosis systems
Reach pole saws
Personal digital assistants PDA
Nitrogen test meters
Milk cooling equipment
Metal inert gas MIG welders
Laboratory mechanical convection incubators
Heavy cargo trucks
Fertilizer or seed spreaders
Electronic bench scales
Egg setters or hatchers
Compound binocular light microscopes
Callicrate banding systems
Blood collection syringes
Artificial insemination syringes
Animal measuring sticks
Microsoft operating system
Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Complex Problem Solving
Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Using mathematics to solve problems.
Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Teaching others how to do something.
Judgment and Decision Making
Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Comprehension
See details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
Sensory Abilities › Visual Abilities › Near Vision
Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension
Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Expression
Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
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.
Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
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.
Computers and Electronics
Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
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.
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.
Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
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.