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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.

Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Code: 19-4011

Sample Job Titles: Agricultural Research Technician, Research Associate, Laboratory Technician, Research Technician, Seed Analyst, Agricultural Research Technologist, County Extension Agent, Technician, Agricultural Technician, Extension Associate, Laboratory Technician (Lab Technician), Quality Assurance Technician (QA Technician), Quality Control Technician (QC Technician), Quality Assurance Analyst (QA Analyst), Quality Assurance Manager (QA Manager), Quality Assurance Inspector (QA Inspector), Quality Assurance Supervisor (QA Supervisor), Quality Assurance Laboratory Technician (QA Laboratory Technician), Operations Technician, Technical Services Analyst

 Salary Chart Agriculture and Food Science Technicians

Estimated Total Employment*
2007: 19,280
2008: 18,930
2009: 18,490
2010: 16,890
2011: 17,150

Data Source:
Bureau of Labor Statistics

Projected Job Openings (2010-2020): 8,700
Projected Growth (2010-2020): 3-9%

(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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