Agricultural and Food Technician

Career: __Agricultural and Food Technician _____

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Agricultural and Food Science Technicians,

on the Internet at (visited December 07, 2015).


  1. What is the range for median (average) annual earnings for the job within this career? $ 34,414

  1. Identify two factors which could affect earning.

For example, a teacher can boost his/her salary by earning a master’s degree or a self employed dentist traditionally earns more than a salaried dentist working for a company.

  1. Education

B. Where they work some may work in labs others in food processing

Training, Other Qualifications and Advancement:

  1. What kind and how much education is needed for this career?

need an associate degree to start, also you need to job shadow someone to know how to do the job.

  1. Are any special licenses or certifications required to work in this field? If so, what are they and what is required to earn them? No

  1. Is there any opportunity for advancement or promotion within this career? If so, what and how? No

  1. What are two personal characteristics or abilities required for an individual to work in this career area? For example, a teacher must have excellent communication skills and a dentist must have a good visual memory.

  1. Physical Stamina

B. Critical thinking skills

Nature of Work

  1. Identify five tasks a person in this career would perform in day-to-day activities

  1. Collect and store samples

  2. Communicate

  3. Keep a safe sterile lab environment

  4. Help food scientists

  5. Compile results in charts and diagrams

  1. Identify at least three different working conditions characteristics of this career.

For example: A dentist works four to five days per week and sometimes evenings or weekends.

  1. 5 days per week full time

B. In a farm or at a lab

C. More or less than full time depending on where you work

Job Outlook:

  1. How many people currently work in this position?


  1. How many job openings are expected in the future? What are the reasons for this prediction? 800, continued population growth will drive the need of more efficient food

Related Occupations:

  1. Identify at least one related career.

Food scientist

Personal Assessment of the Career:

  1. Identify three personal advantages to this career

  1. Large array of work areas

B. Using math in everyday life

C. Collecting samples and helping people be healthy

  1. Identify three personal disadvantages to this career

  1. Regular work hours

B. having to compile the information

C. needing to communicate with people to get a point across

  1. Is this job a career possibility for you? Why or why not? Include examples of your own personality traits or skills that support your answer. Yes. Working in a variety of places would be interesting from day to day. I'm good with math and science which is required and an Associates degree isn't that much school

  1. What are two things which you can be doing now to prepare for this job?

  1. Get into more science classes

B. Get into more math classes

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