Agriculture and Natural Systems
Are you interested in a career in farming or food production? Do you want to protect the environment? A job in the field of agriculture and natural systems might be right for you.
Agriculture and natural systems has seven career pathways.
- Agribusiness: Individuals who manage farms or operations that prepare food for the marketplace.
- Animal Systems: Individuals who work to improve food produced by animals.
- Environmental Service Systems: Individuals who work to protect the environment by controlling pollution.
- Food Products and Processing Systems: Individuals who process, package and store food for purchase.
- Natural Resources Systems: Individuals who work to protect the environment through conservation and management.
- Plant Systems: Individuals who develop ways to increase yield of crops.
- Power, Structural and Technical Systems: Individuals who design buildings or equipment for use in agriculture.
Meta-Major: Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM)
Are you interested in a career in agriculture or natural systems but not sure what you want to do? Check out the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) meta-major at your local state college. A meta-major is a collection of associate degree programs aligned to a general career area, such as agriculture and natural systems. Because all programs under the meta-major have common courses, you can pursue a relevant course of study before deciding on a specific degree program.
Many high-paying jobs in the field of business require a bachelor's degree.
|Training, Certificate or Associate's Degree||Bachelor's Degree|
|Agricultural Equipment Operators||$31,190||Biological Technician||$44,500|
|Pest Control Workers||$35,610||Animal Scientist||$58,380|
|Forest and Conservation Technician||$37,180||Forester||$61,410|
|Tree Trimmers and Pruners||$38,190||Zoologist and Wildlife Biologist||$63,420|
|Agricultural Technician||$40,860||Soil and Plant Scientist||$63,950|
|Food Science Technician||$40,860||Agricultural Engineer||$77,110|
|Farm and Ranch Manager||$67,950||Water and Wastewater Engineer||$87,620|
|Aquaculture Manager||$67,950||Environmental Engineer||$87,620|