All About Agricultural and Food Science Technicians
Occupation 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.
Other Agricultural or Food Science Technician Job Titles
- Agriculture Technician
- Feed Mill Lab Technician
- Dairy Technician
- Dairy Technologist
- Agronomy Technician
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 or Food Science Technician. 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.
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
Agricultural and Food Science Technicians make between $26,980 and $64,020 a year.
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.
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Agricultural and Food Science Technicians Sector
The table below shows some of the most common industries where those employed in this career field work.
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