Agricultural Technologist

Once upon a time farmers used to simply plow their fields plant seeds and hand-pick their crops. Today however the world of farming has become a highly technical science. An agricultural technician is trained to have the skills necessary to incorporate the latest technology to run a farm using the most useful machinery the most effective fertilizer the best weed control systems the most efficient harvesting methods and the most desirable storage locations.

While an agricultural technologist may in fact work on a farm it's also common to obtain jobs in related industries such as selling farming machinery working with chemical or fertilizer companies or partnering with dairy farmers to determine for example the ratio of how much a cow eats compared to how much milk she can supply per day. One of the most important things to remember with this career is that it is not a typical 9 am to 5 pm office job. Especially during the harvest season the hours can be quite long on a daily basis and can often last seven days a week for long stretches at a time.  Earn your degree in Agriculture.

This career also requires being outside a great deal of the time – – mainly in a farm-type setting. It is recommended that a minimum of an associate's degree with an emphasis in agricultural technology be achieved but many agricultural technologists earn a four-year degree. There are several levels of this career starting with "Junior Level" and rising to "Senior Level." To become "Senior" an agricultural technologist must learn on the job and gain extensive experience over years in this profession. According to an agricultural technician normally earns about $13.50 per hour but the hourly normally increases with experience.

Education Required: Associate's Degree
Avg Salary: $28080
High Salary: $35360
Low Salary: $20800
Tasks: Incorporates technology to run a farm.
Sells farming machinery.
Works with farmers to achieve the highest yield on crops.
Works more than a traditional 9 am to 5 pm work day.
Also Called: Farmer
Farm Worker
Farm Machinery Salesperson
Harvesting Specialist
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