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What is an Agricultural Technician?

Agricultural Technician Job Description 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.

Life As an Agricultural Technician

  • Prepare data summaries, reports, or analyses that include results, charts, or graphs to document research findings and results.
  • Conduct insect or plant disease surveys.
  • Prepare culture media, following standard procedures.
  • Prepare land for cultivated crops, orchards, or vineyards by plowing, discing, leveling, or contouring.
  • Record data pertaining to experimentation, research, or animal care.
  • Collect animal or crop samples.

Things an Agricultural Technician Should Know How to Do

Below is a list of the skills most Agricultural Technicians say are important on the job.

Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Complex Problem Solving: Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

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.

Mathematics: Using mathematics to solve problems.

  • Feed Research Technician
  • Cattle Tester
  • Senior Agricultural Assistant
  • Moisture Tester
  • Biotechnician

Is There Going to be Demand for Agricultural Technicians?

There were about 27,500 jobs for Agricultural Technician in 2016 (in the United States). 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 Technician by 2026. The BLS estimates 3,000 yearly job openings in this field.

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The states with the most job growth for Agricultural 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.

What is the Average Salary of an Agricultural Technician

Agricultural Technicians make between $26,980 and $64,020 a year.

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

How much do Agricultural Technicians make 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

What Tools & Technology do Agricultural Technicians Use?

Below is a list of the types of tools and technologies that Agricultural Technicians may use on a daily basis:

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Office
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Web browser software
  • Microsoft Access
  • Data entry software
  • Email software
  • Word processing software
  • SAP
  • Spreadsheet software
  • Statistical software
  • Desktop publishing software
  • Microsoft operating system

Becoming an Agricultural Technician

What kind of Agricultural Technician requirements are there?

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How Long Does it Take to Become an Agricultural Technician?

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Who Employs Agricultural Technicians?

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

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