Agricultural Technicians

Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources > Food Products and Processing Systems

Projected Growth: Average

3800+
Projected Job Openings

Medium Preparation Needed

Job Description

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:
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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.

Tasks

    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.

Tools

Weight meters

Weather instruments

Water samplers

Vacuum blood collection tubes

Vaccination syringes

Trenchers

Tracked bulldozers

All Tools

Threshers

Temperature gauges

Temperature controlled reach-in growth chambers

Tablet computers

Sweep cultivator shovels

Surface thermometers

Steam sterilizers

Steam autoclaves

Spray-dip machines

Spectrometers

Soil sterilizers

Soil moisture neutron probes

Shielded arc welding tools

Sample vials

Reverse osmosis systems

Reach pole saws

Rakes

Pruning shears

Power saws

Power dusters

Portable refractometers

Pollen collectors

Plows

Planting sleds

Planters

pH meters

Personal digital assistants PDA

Personal computers

Notebook computers

Nitrogen test meters

Mowers

Moisture meters

Milking machines

Milk cooling equipment

Metal inert gas MIG welders

Livestock scales

Light trucks

Laser printers

Ladders

Laboratory separators

Laboratory mechanical convection incubators

Insect collectors

Infrared lamps

Hypodermic syringes

Heavy cargo trucks

Harvesters

Harrows

Granule applicators

Grain augers

Gas welders

Fertilizer or seed spreaders

Electronic counters

Electronic bench scales

Elastrator bands

Egg setters or hatchers

Egg incubators

Drying ovens

Disks

Dipping vats

Desktop computers

Cultivators

Crop sprayers

Compound binocular light microscopes

Combine harvesters

Chisel cultivators

Chemical sprayers

Callicrate banding systems

Blood collection syringes

Benchtop centrifuges

Bed shapers

Balers

Artificial insemination syringes

Animal tatooers

Animal measuring sticks

Animal head-locks

Animal chutes

Air samplers

Air compressors

Agricultural tractors

Aerosol generators

Aerosol foggers

Technologies

Microsoft operating system

Skills

Reading Comprehension

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Active Listening

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.

Writing

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.

Critical Thinking

Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Mathematics

Using mathematics to solve problems.

Monitoring

Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Speaking

Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Science

Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

Active Learning

Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Coordination

Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Instructing

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.

Time Management

Managing one's own time and the time of others.

Abilities

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

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Occupation Sections

Knowledge

Mathematics

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

Biology

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

Chemistry

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.

English Language

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

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.

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.

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.

Mechanical

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.

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