|Quick Facts: Agricultural and Food Science Technicians|
|2012 Median Pay||
$34,070 per year
$16.38 per hour
|Entry-Level Education||Associate’s degree|
|Work Experience in a Related Occupation||None|
|On-the-job Training||Moderate-term on-the-job training|
|Number of Jobs, 2012||25,900|
|Job Outlook, 2012-22||3% (Slower than average)|
|Employment Change, 2012-22||800|
Agricultural and food science technicians assist agricultural and food scientists by performing duties such as measuring and analyzing the quality of food and agricultural products.
Agricultural and food science technicians work in laboratories, processing plants, farms and ranches, and offices.
Agricultural and food science technicians typically need an associate’s degree in biology, animal science, or a related field. Some positions may require a bachelor’s degree. For those positions that require only a high school diploma, technicians typically need to have previous work experience. Technicians typically need on-the-job training that may cover topics such as production techniques, personal hygiene, and sanitation procedures.
The median annual wage for agricultural and food science technicians was $34,070 in May 2012.
Employment of agricultural and food science technicians is projected to grow 3 percent from 2012 to 2022, slower than the average for all occupations. More technology and scientific knowledge related to food production will allow greater control of the production and processing activities and in turn increase demand for these workers.
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