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All About Agricultural Technicians

Position 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.
  • Supervise pest or weed control operations, including locating and identifying pests or weeds, selecting chemicals and application methods, or scheduling application.
  • Collect animal or crop samples.
  • Perform general nursery duties, such as propagating standard varieties of plant materials, collecting and germinating seeds, maintaining cuttings of plants, or controlling environmental conditions.
  • Record data pertaining to experimentation, research, or animal care.
  • Perform laboratory or field testing, using spectrometers, nitrogen determination apparatus, air samplers, centrifuges, or potential hydrogen (pH) meters to perform tests.

Agricultural Technician Skills

When polled, Agricultural Technicians say the following skills are most frequently used in their jobs:

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.

Types of Agricultural Technician Jobs

  • Field Service Poultry Technician
  • Urban Gardening Specialist
  • Cow Tester
  • Agricultural Researcher
  • Cattle Tester

Job Demand for Agricultural Technicians

In 2016, there was an estimated number of 27,500 jobs in the United States for Agricultural 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 Technician by 2026. There will be an estimated 3,000 positions for Agricultural Technician per year.

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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.

Average Agricultural Technicians Salary

The salary for Agricultural Technicians ranges between about $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 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

How do I Become an Agricultural Technician?

Learn what Agricultural Technician education requirements there are.

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What work experience do I need to become an Agricultural Technician?

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Where Agricultural Technicians Are Employed

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

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