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Occupation Title: Precision Agriculture Technicians

Description: Apply geospatial technologies, including geographic information systems (GIS) and Global Positioning System (GPS), to agricultural production and management activities, such as pest scouting, site-specific pesticide application, yield mapping, and variable-rate irrigation. May use computers to develop and analyze maps or remote sensing images to compare physical topography with data on soils, fertilizer, pests, or weather.

Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Code: 19-4099.02

Sample Job Titles: Crop Specialist, Nutrient Management Specialist, Precision Agriculture Department Manager, Precision Agronomist, Precision Farming Coordinator

Salary Chart Precision Agriculture Technicians

Estimated Total Employment*
2010: 55,360
2011: 58,890
2012: 56,920
2014: 61,950
2014: 67,140

Data Source:
Bureau of Labor Statistics

Projected Job Openings (2012-2022): 31,600
Projected Growth (2012-2022): 8-14%
(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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