Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources

About The Industry

Do you enjoy working with plants and animals? Interested in working to conserve natural resources or protect the environment? This industry includes careers in the planning, production, processing, management, distribution, and marketing of agricultural products, including food, plants, animals, fabrics, wood, and crops. Careers in the agriculture, food, and natural resources industry involve working with plants, animals, and the environment. Many of the occupations in this industry typically require a high school diploma or equivalent, although specific designations range from less than a high school diploma and short-term on-the-job training for nonfarm animal caretakers to a doctoral or professional degree for animal scientists.

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Nursery and Greenhouse Managers

Industries: Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources

Plan, organize, direct, control, and coordinate activities of workers engaged in propagating, cultivating, and harvesting horticultural specialties, such as trees, shrubs, flowers, mushrooms, and other plants.

Education

Bachelors Degree

Average Salary

$81,200

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Farm and Ranch Managers

Industries: Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources

Plan, direct, or coordinate the management or operation of farms, ranches, greenhouses, aquacultural operations, nurseries, timber tracts, or other agricultural establishments. May hire, train, or supervise farm workers or contract for services to carry out the day-to-day activities of the managed operation. May engage in or supervise planting, cultivating, harvesting, financial, or marketing activities.

Education

Bachelors Degree

Average Salary

$81,200

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Aquacultural Managers

Industries: Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources

Direct and coordinate, through subordinate supervisory personnel, activities of workers engaged in fish hatchery production for corporations, cooperatives, or other owners.

Education

Bachelors Degree

Average Salary

$81,200

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Natural Sciences Managers

Industries: Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources

Plan, direct, or coordinate activities in such fields as life sciences, physical sciences, mathematics, statistics, and research and development in these fields.

Education

Bachelors Degree

Average Salary

$101,340

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Clinical Research Coordinators

Industries: Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources

Plan, direct, or coordinate clinical research projects. Direct the activities of workers engaged in clinical research projects to ensure compliance with protocols and overall clinical objectives. May evaluate and analyze clinical data.

Education

Bachelors Degree

Average Salary

$101,340

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Water Resource Specialists

Industries: Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources

Design or implement programs and strategies related to water resource issues such as supply, quality, and regulatory compliance issues.

Education

Bachelors Degree

Average Salary

$101,340

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Buyers and Purchasing Agents, Farm Products

Industries: Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources

Purchase farm products either for further processing or resale. Includes tree farm contractors, grain brokers and market operators, grain buyers, and tobacco buyers.

Education

Bachelors Degree

Average Salary

$60,000

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Farm Labor Contractors

Industries: Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources

Recruit and hire seasonal or temporary agricultural laborers. May transport, house, and provide meals for workers.

Education

Less Than A High School Diploma

Average Salary

$47,000

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Agricultural Engineers

Industries: Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources

Apply knowledge of engineering technology and biological science to agricultural problems concerned with power and machinery, electrification, structures, soil and water conservation, and processing of agricultural products.

Education

Bachelors Degree

Average Salary

$75,000

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Environmental Engineers

Industries: Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources

Research, design, plan, or perform engineering duties in the prevention, control, and remediation of environmental hazards using various engineering disciplines. Work may include waste treatment, site remediation, or pollution control technology.

Education

Masters Degree

Average Salary

$79,920

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Water/Wastewater Engineers

Industries: Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources

Design or oversee projects involving provision of potable water, disposal of wastewater and sewage, or prevention of flood-related damage. Prepare environmental documentation for water resources, regulatory program compliance, data management and analysis, and field work. Perform hydraulic modeling and pipeline design.

Education

Bachelors Degree

Average Salary

$79,920

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Environmental Engineering Technicians

Industries: Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources

Apply theory and principles of environmental engineering to modify, test, and operate equipment and devices used in the prevention, control, and remediation of environmental problems, including waste treatment and site remediation, under the direction of engineering staff or scientist. May assist in the development of environmental remediation devices.

Education

Bachelors Degree

Average Salary

$51,130

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Animal Scientists

Industries: Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources

Conduct research in the genetics, nutrition, reproduction, growth, and development of domestic farm animals.

Education

Doctoral Degree

Average Salary

$72,000

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Food Scientists and Technologists

Industries: Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources

Use chemistry, microbiology, engineering, and other sciences to study the principles underlying the processing and deterioration of foods; analyze food content to determine levels of vitamins, fat, sugar, and protein; discover new food sources; research ways to make processed foods safe, palatable, and healthful; and apply food science knowledge to determine best ways to process, package, preserve, store, and distribute food.

Education

Bachelors Degree

Average Salary

$67,610

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Soil and Plant Scientists

Industries: Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources

Conduct research in breeding, physiology, production, yield, and management of crops and agricultural plants or trees, shrubs, and nursery stock, their growth in soils, and control of pests; or study the chemical, physical, biological, and mineralogical composition of soils as they relate to plant or crop growth. May classify and map soils and investigate effects of alternative practices on soil and crop productivity.

Education

Doctoral Degree

Average Salary

$71,960

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Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists

Industries: Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources

Study the origins, behavior, diseases, genetics, and life processes of animals and wildlife. May specialize in wildlife research and management. May collect and analyze biological data to determine the environmental effects of present and potential use of land and water habitats.

Education

Masters Degree

Average Salary

$61,650

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Foresters

Industries: Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources

Manage public and private forested lands for economic, recreational, and conservation purposes. May inventory the type, amount, and location of standing timber, appraise the timber's worth, negotiate the purchase, and draw up contracts for procurement. May determine how to conserve wildlife habitats, creek beds, water quality, and soil stability, and how best to comply with environmental regulations. May devise plans for planting and growing new trees, monitor trees for healthy growth, and determine optimal harvesting schedules.

Education

Bachelors Degree

Average Salary

$60,000

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Agricultural Technicians

Industries: Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources

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.

Education

Masters Degree

Average Salary

$37,040

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Food Science Technicians

Industries: Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources

Perform standardized qualitative and quantitative tests to determine physical or chemical properties of food or beverage products.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$37,040

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Biological Technicians

Industries: Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources

Assist biological and medical scientists in laboratories. Set up, operate, and maintain laboratory instruments and equipment, monitor experiments, make observations, and calculate and record results. May analyze organic substances, such as blood, food, and drugs.

Education

Bachelors Degree

Average Salary

$38,080

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Geophysical Data Technicians

Industries: Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources

Measure, record, or evaluate geological data, using sonic, electronic, electrical, seismic, or gravity-measuring instruments to prospect for oil or gas. May collect or evaluate core samples or cuttings.

Education

Bachelors Degree

Average Salary

$47,620

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Geological Sample Test Technicians

Industries: Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources

Test or analyze geological samples, crude oil, or minerals to detect presence of petroleum, gas, or mineral deposits indicating potential for exploration or production or to determine physical or chemical properties to ensure that products meet quality standards.

Education

Bachelors Degree

Average Salary

$47,620

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Environmental Science and Protection Technicians, Including Health

Industries: Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources

Perform laboratory and field tests to monitor the environment and investigate sources of pollution, including those that affect health, under the direction of an environmental scientist, engineer, or other specialist. May collect samples of gases, soil, water, and other materials for testing.

Education

Bachelors Degree

Average Salary

$41,750

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Forest and Conservation Technicians

Industries: Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources

Provide technical assistance regarding the conservation of soil, water, forests, or related natural resources. May compile data pertaining to size, content, condition, and other characteristics of forest tracts, under the direction of foresters; or train and lead forest workers in forest propagation, fire prevention and suppression. May assist conservation scientists in managing, improving, and protecting rangelands and wildlife habitats.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$36,890

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Pest Control Workers

Industries: Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources

Apply or release chemical solutions or toxic gases and set traps to kill or remove pests and vermin that infest buildings and surrounding areas.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$35,040

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Pesticide Handlers, Sprayers, and Applicators, Vegetation

Industries: Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources

Mix or apply pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, or insecticides through sprays, dusts, vapors, soil incorporation, or chemical application on trees, shrubs, lawns, or botanical crops. Usually requires specific training and State or Federal certification.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$35,510

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Tree Trimmers and Pruners

Industries: Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources

Using sophisticated climbing and rigging techniques, cut away dead or excess branches from trees or shrubs to maintain right-of-way for roads, sidewalks, or utilities, or to improve appearance, health, and value of tree. Prune or treat trees or shrubs using handsaws, hand pruners, clippers, and power pruners. Works off the ground in the tree canopy and may use truck-mounted lifts.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$36,950

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Nonfarm Animal Caretakers

Industries: Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources

Feed, water, groom, bathe, exercise, or otherwise care for pets and other nonfarm animals, such as dogs, cats, ornamental fish or birds, zoo animals, and mice. Work in settings such as kennels, animal shelters, zoos, circuses, and aquariums. May keep records of feedings, treatments, and animals received or discharged. May clean, disinfect, and repair cages, pens, or fish tanks.

Education

Less Than A High School Diploma

Average Salary

$23,640

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First-Line Supervisors of Logging Workers

Industries: Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources

Directly supervise and coordinate activities of logging workers.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$48,830

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First-Line Supervisors of Aquacultural Workers

Industries: Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources

Directly supervise and coordinate activities of aquacultural workers.

Education

Bachelors Degree

Average Salary

$48,830

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First-Line Supervisors of Agricultural Crop and Horticultural Workers

Industries: Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources

Directly supervise and coordinate activities of agricultural crop or horticultural workers.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$48,830

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First-Line Supervisors of Animal Husbandry and Animal Care Workers

Industries: Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources

Directly supervise and coordinate activities of animal husbandry or animal care workers.

Education

Post Secondary Certificate

Average Salary

$48,830

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Animal Breeders

Industries: Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources

Select and breed animals according to their genealogy, characteristics, and offspring. May require knowledge of artificial insemination techniques and equipment use. May involve keeping records on heats, birth intervals, or pedigree.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$43,000

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Graders and Sorters, Agricultural Products

Industries: Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources

Grade, sort, or classify unprocessed food and other agricultural products by size, weight, color, or condition.

Education

Less Than A High School Diploma

Average Salary

$24,950

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Agricultural Equipment Operators

Industries: Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources

Drive and control farm equipment to till soil and to plant, cultivate, and harvest crops. May perform tasks, such as crop baling or hay bucking. May operate stationary equipment to perform post-harvest tasks, such as husking, shelling, threshing, and ginning.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$26,820

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Nursery Workers

Industries: Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources

Work in nursery facilities or at customer location planting, cultivating, harvesting, and transplanting trees, shrubs, or plants.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$20,750

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Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop

Industries: Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources

Manually plant, cultivate, and harvest vegetables, fruits, nuts and field crops. Use hand tools, such as shovels, trowels, hoes, tampers, pruning hooks, shears, and knives. Duties may include tilling soil and applying fertilizers; transplanting, weeding, thinning, or pruning crops; applying pesticides; cleaning, packing, and loading harvested products. May construct trellises, repair fences and farm buildings, or participate in irrigation activities.

Education

Less Than A High School Diploma

Average Salary

$20,750

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Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, and Aquacultural Animals

Industries: Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources

Attend to live farm, ranch, or aquacultural animals that may include cattle, sheep, swine, goats, horses and other equines, poultry, finfish, shellfish, and bees. Attend to animals produced for animal products, such as meat, fur, skins, feathers, eggs, milk, and honey. Duties may include feeding, watering, herding, grazing, castrating, branding, de-beaking, weighing, catching, and loading animals. May maintain records on animals; examine animals to detect diseases and injuries; assist in birth deliveries; and administer medications, vaccinations, or insecticides as appropriate. May clean and maintain animal housing areas. Includes workers who shear wool from sheep, and collect eggs in hatcheries.

Education

Less Than A High School Diploma

Average Salary

$31,310

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Fishers and Related Fishing Workers

Industries: Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources

Use nets, fishing rods, traps, or other equipment to catch and gather fish or other aquatic animals from rivers, lakes, or oceans, for human consumption or other uses. May haul game onto ship.

Education

Less Than A High School Diploma

Average Salary

$38,000

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Hunters and Trappers

Industries: Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources

Hunt and trap wild animals for human consumption, fur, feed, bait, or other purposes.

Education

High School Diploma

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Forest and Conservation Workers

Industries: Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources

Under supervision, perform manual labor necessary to develop, maintain, or protect areas such as forests, forested areas, woodlands, wetlands, and rangelands through such activities as raising and transporting seedlings; combating insects, pests, and diseases harmful to plant life; and building structures to control water, erosion, and leaching of soil. Includes forester aides, seedling pullers, and tree planters.

Education

Bachelors Degree

Average Salary

$29,000

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Fallers

Industries: Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources

Use axes or chainsaws to fell trees using knowledge of tree characteristics and cutting techniques to control direction of fall and minimize tree damage.

Education

Less Than A High School Diploma

Average Salary

$39,000

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Logging Equipment Operators

Industries: Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources

Drive logging tractor or wheeled vehicle equipped with one or more accessories such as bulldozer blade, frontal shear, grapple, logging arch, cable winches, hoisting rack, or crane boom, to fell tree; to skid, load, unload, or stack logs; or to pull stumps or clear brush.

Education

Less Than A High School Diploma

Average Salary

$40,800

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Log Graders and Scalers

Industries: Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources

Grade logs or estimate the marketable content or value of logs or pulpwood in sorting yards, millpond, log deck, or similar locations. Inspect logs for defects or measure logs to determine volume.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$36,000

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Hazardous Materials Removal Workers

Industries: Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources

Identify, remove, pack, transport, or dispose of hazardous materials, including asbestos, lead-based paint, waste oil, fuel, transmission fluid, radioactive materials, or contaminated soil. Specialized training and certification in hazardous materials handling or a confined entry permit are generally required. May operate earth-moving equipment or trucks.

Education

Less Than A High School Diploma

Average Salary

$35,750

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Farm Equipment Mechanics and Service Technicians

Industries: Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources

Diagnose, adjust, repair, or overhaul farm machinery and vehicles, such as tractors, harvesters, dairy equipment, and irrigation systems.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$36,620

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Refuse and Recyclable Material Collectors

Industries: Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources

Collect and dump refuse or recyclable materials from containers into truck. May drive truck.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$40,320

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