Career Pathways in Agriculture, Food, & Natural Resources

A career in agriculture, food, and natural resources requires certain skills and education depending on job requirements. Skills include production, processing, marketing, distribution, financing, and development of agricultural commodities including food, fiber, wood products, natural resources, horticulture, and other plant and animal products/resources. Popular high-school courses include: Intro to Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources; Biology; Foods; and Intro to Business.

 

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High School Diploma or Equivalent Career Options

Agricultural Equipment Operators

$31,190.00/yr

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Biofuels Processing Technicians

$57,100.00/yr

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Commercial Divers

$49,140.00/yr

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Farmers, Ranchers and Other Agricultural Managers

$67,950.00/yr

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Supervisors of Construction and Extraction Workers

$65,230.00/yr

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Geothermal Technicians

$39,320.00/yr

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Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers

$27,540.00/yr

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Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant and System Operators

$46,780.00/yr

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High-Demand Career

Wind Turbine Service Technicians

$54,370.00/yr

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High-Demand Career

Farm Equipment Mechanics and Service Technicians

$40,630.00/yr

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Associate Degree Career Options

Agricultural and Food Science Technicians

$40,860.00/yr

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Chemical Technicians

$48,160.00/yr

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Environmental Engineering Technicians

$50,560.00/yr

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Environmental Science and Protection Technicians, Including Health

$46,170.00/yr

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High-Demand Career

Veterinary Technologists and Technicians

$34,420.00/yr

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Bachelor's Degree Career Options

Food Scientists and Technologists

$58,380.00/yr

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Biofuels / Biodiesel Technology and Product Development Managers

$140,760.00/yr

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Chemists

$76,890.00/yr

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Conservation Scientists

$61,310.00/yr

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Environmental Engineers

$87,620.00/yr

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High-Demand Career

Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health

$71,130.00/yr

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Conservation Officer/Fish and Game Wardens

$57,710.00/yr

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Occupational Health and Safety Specialists

$73,020.00/yr

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Park Naturalists

$61,310.00/yr

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Wind Energy Operations Managers

$107,480.00/yr

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Doctoral or Professional Degree Career Options

Biochemists and Biophysicists

$93,280.00/yr

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Economists

$104,340.00/yr

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Farm and Home Management Advisors

$49,840.00/yr

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Veterinarians

$93,830.00/yr

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Continue to Explore this Pathway

Continue exploring this career path and building your plan! Find electives and Advanced Placement courses at your school aligned with this pathway, consider registering for a Kirkwood Career Academy, register for an internship or job shadow, and look for summer programs that will help you continue to build your knowledge and skills.