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All About Agricultural and Food Science Technicians

Job Description & Duties Work with agricultural and food scientists in food, fiber, and animal research, production, and processing; and assist with animal breeding and nutrition. Conduct tests and experiments to improve yield and quality of crops or to increase the resistance of plants and animals to disease or insects. Includes technicians who assist food scientists or technologists in the research and development of production technology, quality control, packaging, processing, and use of foods.

  • Artificial Breeding Technician
  • Agronomy Technician
  • Feed Mill Lab Technician
  • Dairy Technician
  • Dairy Technologist

Job Opportunities for Agricultural and Food Science Technicians

In 2016, there was an estimated number of 27,500 jobs in the United States for Agricultural and Food Science Technicians.

New jobs are being produced at a rate of 6.3% which is lower than average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 1,700 new jobs for Agricultural and Food Science Technicians by 2026. There will be an estimated 3,000 positions for Agricultural or Food Science Technician per year.

Forecasted Number of Jobs for Agricultural and Food Science Technicians in U.S.

The states with the most job growth for Agricultural and Food Science Technicians are California, Texas, and New York.

Watch out if you plan on working in Maine, Hawaii, or Delaware. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

How Much Does an Agricultural or Food Science Technician Make?

The average yearly salary of an Agricultural or Food Science Technician ranges between $26,980 and $64,020. The median salary for this occupation is $40,860.

Salary Ranges for Agricultural and Food Science Technicians

How much do Agricultural and Food Science Technicians make in different U.S. states?

Annual Mean Salary by State
State Annual Mean Salary
New Jersey $58,440
Massachusetts $54,500
West Virginia $53,260
New York $51,940
Iowa $49,940
North Dakota $49,640
Missouri $46,660
Texas $46,390
Colorado $45,670
California $45,400
Vermont $44,810
Hawaii $44,730
Kentucky $44,720
Indiana $44,190
Montana $43,650
North Carolina $43,380
Kansas $43,210
Oregon $43,040
Minnesota $42,580
Ohio $42,360
Arizona $42,000
Washington $41,830
Georgia $41,780
Illinois $41,750
New Mexico $41,170
Pennsylvania $40,950
Arkansas $40,800
Maryland $40,390
Florida $40,230
Wisconsin $39,730
Tennessee $39,440
Nebraska $39,140
Idaho $38,510
Virginia $38,130
Michigan $38,010
Alabama $37,960
Mississippi $37,800
Louisiana $37,510
Utah $36,940
Maine $36,430
Oklahoma $33,970
South Dakota $29,370

Where Agricultural and Food Science Technicians Are Employed

Agricultural or Food Science Technician Sectors

References

Bureau of Labor Statistics

College Factual

O*NET Online

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