Agricultural Technicians often specialize by subject area, which includes animal health, farm machinery, fertilizers, agricultural chemicals, or processing technology. Duties can vary considerably by specialization.

Agricultural Technicians typically study ways to increase the productivity of crops and animals. These workers may keep detailed records, collect samples for analyses, ensure that samples meet proper safety and quality standards, and test crops and animals for disease or to confirm the results of scientific experiments.

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Agricultural Technicians


Agricultural Technicians often specialize by subject area, which includes animal health, farm machinery, fertilizers, agricultural chemicals, or processing technology. Duties can vary considerably by specialization.

Agricultural Technicians typically study ways to increase the productivity of crops and animals. These workers may keep detailed records, collect samples for analyses, ensure that samples meet proper safety and quality standards, and test crops and animals for disease or to confirm the results of scientific experiments.

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Employment projections data for agricultural and food science technicians, 2016-26


Occupational Title SOC Code Employment, 2016 Projected Employment, 2026 Change, 2016-26 Employment by Industry
Percent Numeric
Agricultural and Food Science Technicians 19-4011 27,500 29,200 6 1,700 xlsx

SOURCE: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment Projections program

Employment projections data for accountants and auditors, 2016-26


Occupational Title
Agricultural and Food Science Technicians
SOC Code
19-4011
Employment, 2016
27,500
Projected Employment, 2026
29,200
CHANGE, 2016-26
PERCENT
6
NUMERIC
1,700
EMPLOYMENT BY INDUSTRY
xlsx

SOURCE: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment Projections program

Pay


The median annual wage for agricultural and food science technicians was $39,910 in May 2017. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $26,350, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $62,740.

In May 2017, the median annual wages for agricultural and food science technicians in the top industries in which they worked were as follows:


Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools; State $40,860
Food Manufacturing $38,880
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services $36,690

Agricultural and food science technicians typically work full time and have standard work schedules. Technicians may need to travel, including international travel.

Agricultural and Food Science Technicians


Median annual wages, May 2017


Note: All Occupations includes all occupations in the U.S. Economy.
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics

Job Outlook


Employment of agricultural and food technicians is projected to grow 6 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Demand will continue for agricultural research into areas such as the effects of population growth, increased demand for water resources, harm from pests and pathogens, changes in climate and weather patterns, and demand for agricultural products, such as biofuels.

Agricultural science technicians will be needed to assist agricultural and food scientists in investigating and improving the diets, living conditions, and even genetic makeup of livestock. Food science technicians will assist scientists to improve food-processing techniques, ensuring that products are safe, waste is limited, and food is shipped efficiently. Technicians will also continue to assist in studies that analyze soil composition and soil improvement techniques, find uses for agricultural byproducts, and selectively breed crops to resist pests and disease, or improve taste.

Agricultural and Food Science Technicians


Percent change in employment, projected 2016-26


Note: All Occupations includes all occupations in the U.S. Economy.
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics

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