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Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources career cluster, in The United States

occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Agricultural Equipment Operators45-2091.00Rmod. OJT0.5457,800$18,900$29,380
Agricultural Inspectors45-2011.00RCIwork exp.-0.0714,200$26,440$43,810
Agricultural Workers, all other45-2099.00Rshort OJT-0.5710,600$18,720$31,850
Animal Breeders45-2021.00RImod. OJT-0.147,000$20,430$44,650
Animal Scientists19-1011.00IRBachelor1.032,900$37,830$71,830
Animal Trainers39-2011.00Rmod. OJT1.1136,800$18,160$33,600
Conservation Scientists19-1031.00IRBachelor0.6621,100$37,380$63,800
Conveyor Operators and Tenders53-7011.00RCshort OJT-0.0339,700$21,770$35,100
Environmental Science and Protection Technicians, Including Health19-4091.00IRCAssociate0.9436,200$26,890$46,540
Fallers45-4021.00RCmod. OJT-1.718,200$22,150$41,750
Farm and Home Management Advisors25-9021.00SREBachelor1.0210,800$26,050$51,820
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Farm Equipment Mechanics and Service Technicians49-3041.00RCI1,2 year0.7240,300$23,870$38,510
Farm Labor Contractors13-1074.00ERSwork exp.0100$17,870$43,920
Farmers, Ranchers, and Other Agricultural Managers11-9013.00ERCBachelor +-0.19929,800$33,110$69,880
Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse45-2092.00Rshort OJT-0.91470,200$18,710$22,130
Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, and Aquacultural Animals45-2093.00Rshort OJT-0.32216,100$17,510$26,160
First-Line Supervisors of Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Workers45-1011.00ERCwork exp.-0.8147,100$26,190$48,290
First-Line Supervisors of Landscaping, Lawn Service, and Groundskeeping Workers37-1012.00ERCwork exp.0.53178,000$27,150$46,900
Fishers and Related Fishing Workers45-3011.00Rmod. OJT**$18,760$29,970
Floral Designers27-1023.00AERmod. OJT-0.3458,700$18,310$27,010
Food and Tobacco Roasting, Baking, and Drying Machine Operators and Tenders51-3091.00RCshort OJT0.1118,500$19,140$30,320
Food Batchmakers51-3092.00RCshort OJT-0.04122,500$18,740$29,210
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Food Cooking Machine Operators and Tenders51-3093.00RCshort OJT0.1337,500$18,720$29,430
Food Scientists and Technologists19-1012.00IRCBachelor0.3915,400$36,940$72,030
Forest and Conservation Technicians19-4093.00RIEAssociate-0.5532,600$25,430$38,260
Forest and Conservation Workers45-4011.00RCImod. OJT0.4314,000$18,870$29,860
Foresters19-1032.00RIEBachelor0.8415,500$38,660$60,650
Gas Compressor and Gas Pumping Station Operators53-7071.00RCmod. OJT0.395,100$37,010$57,510
Gas Plant Operators51-8092.00RClong OJT-0.3616,700$43,460$65,830
Geological and Petroleum Technicians19-4041.00CRIAssociate1.2116,500$24,840$60,710
Graders and Sorters, Agricultural Products45-2041.00RCwork exp.-0.7753,000$18,040$23,260
Grounds Maintenance Workers, all other37-3019.00RCshort OJT0.6524,500$18,950$33,340
Helpers--Extraction Workers47-5081.00RCshort OJT1.2425,800$24,700$37,080
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Hunters and Trappers45-3021.00Rmod. OJT****
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers37-3011.00RCshort OJT0.611,167,800$18,460$27,460
Loading Machine Operators, Underground Mining53-7033.00RCmod. OJT04,800$28,820$49,740
Log Graders and Scalers45-4023.00RCmod. OJT03,700$23,940$37,420
Logging Equipment Operators45-4022.00RICmod. OJT-0.0537,300$22,720$36,930
Logging Workers, all other45-4029.00RCmod. OJT-0.894,500$25,200$36,210
Metal-Refining Furnace Operators and Tenders51-4051.00RICmod. OJT-0.4721,200$27,700$42,790
Mine Cutting and Channeling Machine Operators47-5042.00Rmod. OJT-0.147,400$30,400$50,720
Mine Shuttle Car Operators53-7111.00Rshort OJT-0.372,700$43,230$55,120
Nonfarm Animal Caretakers39-2021.00RCshort OJT1.05204,800$17,160$23,630
Occupational Health and Safety Specialists29-9011.00ICBachelor0.470,300$40,890$71,790
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Pest Control Workers37-2021.00RCmod. OJT-0.1274,100$21,270$34,080
Pesticide Handlers, Sprayers, and Applicators, Vegetation37-3012.00RCmod. OJT0.3836,400$22,720$34,570
Petroleum Pump System Operators, Refinery Operators, and Gaugers51-8093.00RClong OJT0.2442,400$39,120$66,020
Pump Operators, Except Wellhead Pumpers53-7072.00RCImod. OJT0.8413,100$26,200$46,200
Refuse and Recyclable Material Collectors53-7081.00RCshort OJT0.71131,500$19,860$36,370
Rock Splitters, Quarry47-5051.00RCmod. OJT0.543,700$21,670$34,870
Roof Bolters, Mining47-5061.00RC*-1.176,000$42,920$55,500
Rotary Drill Operators, Oil and Gas47-5012.00RECmod. OJT1.2627,700$30,360$60,380
Roustabouts, Oil and Gas47-5071.00Rmod. OJT0.8276,400$25,160$38,700
Service Unit Operators, Oil, Gas, and Mining47-5013.00RCImod. OJT0.7264,900$29,790$50,150
Slaughterers and Meat Packers51-3023.00RCmod. OJT-0.0686,400$19,110$26,420
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Soil and Plant Scientists19-1013.00IRBachelor0.6817,700$35,770$65,980
Tree Trimmers and Pruners37-3013.00Rshort OJT0.5653,200$21,660$36,030
Veterinarians29-1131.00IRProfess.0.8878,300$53,210$99,000
Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers31-9096.00RSIshort OJT0.973,400$18,060$25,940
Veterinary Technologists and Technicians29-2056.00RIAssociate1.8895,600$21,890$33,280
Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant and System Operators51-8031.00RClong OJT0.6117,000$27,120$46,790
Wellhead Pumpers53-7073.00RCImod. OJT1.3713,900$27,680$48,180

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Footnotes


SOC Codes

Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) system classifies all careers and assigns a unique number to each. This SOC number can be used to follow up with other career databases.


Career Interests

Interests are the likes and dislikes of people who work in each career. Matching your interests can help you find a career that will be more satisfying and rewarding for you than occupations that do not meet your interests. Knowing your work interests can help you decide what kinds of jobs and careers you want to explore.

People and work environments can be classified into these six different groups:

Take an Career Interest Assessment to discover your interests.


Minimum Postsecondary Education Required

Minimum education is the usual minimum level of postsecondary (after high school) education required for each career.

Some careers have on-the-job training (OJT), which means that you go straight to the job and learn while you work.

Some careers require further education after high school before starting the career.


Growth Outlook

Growth outlook is the projected growth of the number of career openings per year from 2014 to 2024. High growth means that the number of openings are increasing, so the likelihood of getting a job in this career is good. Low growth means that there may not be any openings, so the likelihood of getting a job in this career is not very good.

White background indicates that growth outlook information is not available.


Number of Current Workers

Current workers is the number of people in The United States in 2014 who were full-time and part-time employees, workers on paid vacation or other type of paid leave, workers assigned temporarily to other units and paid owners, officers and staff of incorporated firms. This excludes proprietors, owners and partners of unincorporated firms, unpaid family workers, workers on unpaid leave and contractors and temporary agency employees not on the company payroll.


Average Entry-Level Salaries

Salary entry is the estimated average salary for all entry-level (first-year) workers in this occupation in The United States in 2016. Technically it is the annual 10th percentile wage.

Salary includes straight time, gross pay, exclusive of premium pay. Base rate, cost-of-living allowances, tips, guaranteed pay, hazardous-duty pay, incentive pay, commissions, production bonuses and on-call pay are included. Excluded is back pay, jury duty pay, overtime pay, severance pay, shift differentials, non-production bonuses and tuition reimbursements.

Salaries over $187,200 are sometimes shown as >$187,200 rather than the actual salary.


Average Salaries

Salary all is the estimated average salary for all workers in this occupation in The United States in 2016. Technically it is the mean annual wage.

Salaries over $187,200 are sometimes shown as >$187,200 rather than the actual salary.


This research was compiled, analyzed, and posted by Emil Barnabas.

The data come from multiple data tables from the US Department of Labor. Blanks in this table represent missing data, some due to confidentiality because of small numbers of workers in an occupation.




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