Agricultural Technicians

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What do they do?

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.

Also known as:

Agricultural Research Technician, Agricultural Research Technologist, Agricultural Technician, County Extension Agent, Extension Associate, Faculty Research Assistant, Laboratory Technician (Lab Tech), Research Assistant, Research Associate, Research Specialist, Research Technician, Research Technologist, Seed Analyst, Senior Agricultural Assistant

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Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Agricultural and Food Science Technicians is projected to grow 4 percent from 2018 to 2028, more slowly than average compared to all occupations.

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Projected Employment

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Projected Employment Rankings For Virginia:

  • 4.1%

    Percent Change

    Ranks #7 in job growth rate
  • 70

    Annual Projected Job Openings

    Ranks #17 in net job growth
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Typical College Majors

Majors that prepare Agricultural Technicians:

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Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (1.9%)
  • Master's degree (5.3%)
  • Bachelor's degree (24.7%)
  • Associate's degree (13.1%)
  • Some college, no degree (24.2%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (25.2%)
  • Less than high school diploma (5.7%)

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Skills

People in this career often have these skills:

  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
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Knowledge

People in this career often know a lot about:

  • 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.
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Abilities

People in this career often have talent in:

  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • 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 there is a problem.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
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Activities: what you might do in a day

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Record research or operational data.
  • Prepare scientific or technical reports or presentations.
  • Cultivate land.
  • Set up laboratory or field equipment.
  • Prepare biological samples for testing or analysis.
  • Examine characteristics or behavior of living organisms.
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This page includes data from:

O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 24.3 Database by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (“USDOL/ETA”). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license. O*NET® is a trademark of USDOL/ETA

Occupation statistics: USDOL U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics

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