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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. OJT0.3959,000$17,950$28,490
Agricultural Workers, all other45-2099.00Rshort OJT0.3414,400$18,070$30,990
Animal Breeders45-2021.00RImod. OJT-2.341,300$19,010$43,470
Animal Trainers39-2011.00Rmod. OJT1.4841,600$17,650$32,400
Conservation Scientists19-1031.00IRBachelor0.0522,100$38,000$64,420
Fallers45-4021.00RCmod. OJT-4.336,600$21,760$39,240
Farm Equipment Mechanics and Service Technicians49-3041.00RCI1,2 year0.9535,800$23,260$37,320
Farm Labor Contractors13-1074.00ERSwork exp.**$19,560$47,790
Farmers, Ranchers, and Other Agricultural Managers11-9013.00ERCBachelor +-1.93930,600$34,170$72,570
Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse45-2092.00Rshort OJT-0.49596,800$17,280$20,820
Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, and Aquacultural Animals45-2093.00Rshort OJT0.2277,900$17,080$25,160
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
First-Line Supervisors of Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Workers45-1011.00ERCwork exp.-0.2545,900$26,060$47,540
Fishers and Related Fishing Workers45-3011.00Rmod. OJT-0.531,300$21,020$38,310
Food and Tobacco Roasting, Baking, and Drying Machine Operators and Tenders51-3091.00RCshort OJT0.0920,000$18,320$29,410
Food Batchmakers51-3092.00RCshort OJT-0.26105,200$18,100$28,790
Food Cooking Machine Operators and Tenders51-3093.00RCshort OJT-0.0633,400$18,250$29,250
Forest and Conservation Technicians19-4093.00RIEAssociate-0.3534,000$25,180$37,990
Forest and Conservation Workers45-4011.00RCImod. OJT0.4510,500$16,800$29,640
Foresters19-1032.00RIEBachelor0.6112,000$37,680$60,070
Geoscientists, Except Hydrologists and Geographers19-2042.00IRMaster1.5838,200$46,400$105,390
Graders and Sorters, Agricultural Products45-2041.00RCwork exp.-0.249,200$17,330$22,320
Hunters and Trappers45-3021.00Rmod. OJT****
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers37-3011.00RCshort OJT1.241,124,900$17,830$26,720
Loading Machine Operators, Underground Mining53-7033.00RCmod. OJT-0.063,300$27,680$47,500
Log Graders and Scalers45-4023.00RCmod. OJT-3.163,500$23,500$36,480
Logging Equipment Operators45-4022.00RICmod. OJT0.230,000$22,220$35,830
Logging Workers, all other45-4029.00RCmod. OJT-1.213,700$25,160$36,560
Metal-Refining Furnace Operators and Tenders51-4051.00RICmod. OJT-1.0920,800$27,210$41,260
Mine Cutting and Channeling Machine Operators47-5042.00Rmod. OJT0.277,100$30,130$48,900
Nonfarm Animal Caretakers39-2021.00RCshort OJT1.53190,600$16,750$22,970
Pest Control Workers37-2021.00RCmod. OJT1.9765,400$20,100$32,850
Pesticide Handlers, Sprayers, and Applicators, Vegetation37-3012.00RCmod. OJT1.1229,600$21,790$33,070
Slaughterers and Meat Packers51-3023.00RCmod. OJT-0.2480,700$18,570$25,880
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Soil and Plant Scientists19-1013.00IRBachelor0.7516,300$35,920$64,680
Tree Trimmers and Pruners37-3013.00Rshort OJT1.8553,200$21,070$35,150
Veterinarians29-1131.00IRProfess.1.270,300$52,530$98,230
Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers31-9096.00RSIshort OJT0.9574,600$17,500$25,370
Veterinary Technologists and Technicians29-2056.00RIAssociate2.9584,800$21,390$32,350

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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 2012 to 2022. 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 2012 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 2014. 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 2014. 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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