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Occupation Title: Agricultural & Food Science Technicians

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.

Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Code: 19-4011

Sample Job Titles: Research Associate, Seed Analyst, Agricultural Research Technician, Laboratory Technician, Research Technician, Research Assistant, Agricultural Research Technologist, County Extension Agent, Technician, Agricultural Laboratory Technician, Central Lab Technician (CLT), Food Science Technician, Laboratory Assistant (Lab Assistant), Lab Tech (Laboratory Technician), Operations Technician, Quality Analyst, Quality Assurance Analyst (QA Analyst), Quality Control Technician (QC Technician), Quality Technician, Technical Services Analyst

Salary Chart Agriculture and Food Science Technicians

Estimated Total Employment*
2010: 16,890
2011: 17,150
2012: 18,280
2013: 19,390
2014: 20,640

Data Source:

Bureau of Labor Statistics

Projected Job Openings (2012-2022): 10,100
Projected Growth (2012-2022): 3-7%

(total 10 year projection, not annual)

Data Source:
O*NET Online

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics program does not include self-employed workers in employment estimates. O*NET and other BLS programs do include self-employed workers.

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. REC-0439914 and DRL-0910041 (Enhancing Departments and Graduate Education in Geography).

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