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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.

Career Pathways

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.

Education-Career-Income Connection

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

 

 

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