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What Does it Take to Be an Agricultural or Food Science Technician?

Position Description 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.

Types of Agricultural or Food Science Technician Jobs

  • Feed Mill Lab Technician
  • Seed Analyst
  • Agriculture Technician
  • Agronomy Technician
  • Food Quality Technician

Job Demand for Agricultural and Food Science Technicians

In the United States, there were 27,500 jobs for Agricultural or Food Science Technician in 2016. New jobs are being produced at a rate of 6.2% which is above the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 1,700 new jobs for Agricultural or Food Science Technician by 2026. Due to new job openings and attrition, there will be an average of 3,000 job openings in this field each year.

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The states with the most job growth for Agricultural or Food Science Technician are Nevada, Utah, and Idaho. Watch out if you plan on working in Maine, Hawaii, or Delaware. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

Salary for an Agricultural or Food Science Technician

The salary for Agricultural and Food Science Technicians ranges between about $26,980 and $64,020 a year.

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Agricultural and Food Science Technicians who work in New Jersey, Massachusetts, or New York, make the highest salaries.

Below is a list of the median annual salaries for Agricultural and Food Science Technicians in different U.S. states.

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

Where Agricultural and Food Science Technicians Work

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The table below shows the approximate number of Agricultural and Food Science Technicians employed by various industries.

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