Agriculture

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Do you excel in science, geography or biology?
Would you like the chance to work outdoors?
Do you enjoy gardening, hunting, fishing or working with animals?
Are you environmentally minded and want to manage natural resources?

What it takes:

  • Strong observation skills.
  • Desire to solve practical problems.
  • Able to communicate verbally and visually.
  • Be willing to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Appreciation for natural resources, animals, and conservation issues.

Look around you...

Agriculture professions cover a lot of ground! They can range from working with fish hatcheries to cattle ranches, apple orchards to golf courses, or protecting our forests to protecting our food sources. The possibilities are wide and varied.

If you enjoy working both independently and as part of a team as an advocate for our nation’s natural resources, food or animal sciences, a career choice in the Agricultural profession could be for you. After successfully completing high school, some students directly enter the Agricultural industry with on- the-job-training, such as Veterinarian Assistants or Animal Caretakers. Other careers, such as Veterinary Technician, require a two-year Associate’s degree. Most involve bachelor’s degrees and specialized, hands- on work experience. Those entering the research field or wanting to become Veterinarians (DVM), must pursue advanced degrees.

Career Spotlight

Agricultural and Food Scientist

Agricultural and Food Scientists have a vital role in the food that most of us take for granted. They work to make sure that places which grow or process our foods are productive and that the food we eat is safe. They can do a variety of work, including researching how to improve quantity and quality of crops or farm animals, or developing new and better ways to process, package and deliver our food. It is important that they communicate their findings to the scientific community, food producers, farmers, ranchers and the public effectively.

Agricultural and Food Scientists work in many different places. Some work in research universities or private industries, others are self-employed, and a small number work for the federal government. Typically, an Agricultural and Food Scientist divides his or her time between field work, office work and lab work.  

Most positions for Agricultural and Food Scientists require a bachelor’s degree from an accredited postsecondary institution. Many Agricultural and Food Scientists pursue advanced degrees. Some Agricultural and Food Scientists, who have an interest in Animal Sciences, earn a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree.

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Careers in Agriculture

  • Agricultural Sales
  • Agricultural Scientist
  • Animal Caretaker
  • Animal Scientist
  • Aquatic Biologist
  • Bacteriologist
  • Biochemist
  • Bioengineer
  • Botanist
  • Community Ecologist
  • Conservation Biologist
  • Environmental Engineer
  • EPA Inspector
  • Farmer/Farm Management
  • Field Botanist
  • Fisheries Technician
  • Food Scientist
  • Forester
  • Geologist
  • Genetics Researcher
  • Health Officer
  • Horticulturalist
  • Marine Biologist
  • Medical Lab Technician
  • Microbiologist
  • Naturalist
  • Nursery Manager
  • Plant Ecologist
  • Rancher/Range Manager
  • Soil Scientist
  • Pest Control Operator
  • Plant Scientist
  • Tree Surgeon
  • Veterinarian
  • Veterinary Assistant & Technician
  • Water Treatment Operator
  • Wildlife Biologist

For more information:

Janet Ormond
Chair, Central AlabamaWorks
Industry Training Center
1701 Lafayette Parkway
Opelika, Alabama 36801
334.745.6437 ext. 5521
jormond@centralalabamaworks.com