What do they do?

Teach courses in the agricultural sciences. Includes teachers of agronomy, dairy sciences, fisheries management, horticultural sciences, poultry sciences, range management, and agricultural soil conservation. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Also known as:

Adjunct Instructor, Agribusiness Professor, Agricultural Economics Professor, Agricultural Education Professor, Agricultural Engineering Technology Instructor, Agricultural Science Professor, Agriculture Instructor, Agriculture Professor, Agriculture Teacher, Agronomy Instructor, Agronomy Professor, Animal Science Instructor, Animal Science Professor, Aquaculture Professor, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, College Professor, Faculty Member, Fisheries Professor, Floriculture Professor, Horticulture Instructor, Horticulture Professor, Instructor, Plant Science Professor, Plant Sciences Professor, Professor, Soil Science Professor

Typical Wages

Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Agricultural Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary is projected to grow 12 percent from 2020 to 2030, faster than average compared to all occupations.

Projected Employment in VA

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  • 12%

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    Ranks #10 in job growth rate
    30

    Job Openings

    Ranks #11 in net job growth

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Education Level

Percent of workers in this field with these degrees:

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree  (47%)
  • Master's degree  (31%)
  • Bachelor's degree  (15%)
  • Associate's degree  (2%)
  • Some college, no degree  (2%)
  • High school diploma equivalent  (2%)
  • Less than high school diploma  (1%)

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People in this career often have these skills:

  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work-related documents.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Learning Strategies - Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
  • 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.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Science - Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.

People in this career often know a lot about:

  • Biology - Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
  • 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.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • 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.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Food Production - Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.
  • Communications and Media - Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.

People in this career often have talent in:

  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing that there is a problem.
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
  • Fluency of Ideas - The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Stay informed about current developments in field of specialization.
  • Attend training sessions or professional meetings to develop or maintain professional knowledge.
  • Advise students on academic or career matters.
  • Supervise student research or internship work.
  • Supervise laboratory work.
  • Research topics in area of expertise.
  • Write articles, books or other original materials in area of expertise.
  • Teach physical science or mathematics courses at the college level.
  • Develop instructional materials.
  • Evaluate student work.
  • Guide class discussions.
  • Evaluate effectiveness of educational programs.
  • Develop instructional objectives.
  • Direct department activities.
  • Administer tests to assess educational needs or progress.
  • Prepare tests.
  • Maintain student records.
  • Promote educational institutions or programs.
  • Perform student enrollment or registration activities.
  • Select educational materials or equipment.
  • Order instructional or library materials or equipment.
  • Write grant proposals.
  • Serve on institutional or departmental committees.
  • Plan community programs or activities for the general public.
  • Advise educators on curricula, instructional methods, or policies.
  • Compile specialized bibliographies or lists of materials.

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