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Agricultural Engineers

Agricultural Engineers
Quick Facts : Agricultural Engineers*
2010 Median Pay$71,090
Entry Level EducationBachelor's degree
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 20122,700
Job Outlook9% (Slower than average)
Employment Change200


Agricultural engineer's also known as biological and agricultural engineer's work on a variety of activities. These activities range from aquaculture (raising food, such as fish, that thrive in water) to land farming to forestry; from developing biofuels to improving conservation; from planning animal environments to finding better ways to process food.

What Agricultural Engineers Do

  • Design agricultural machinery components and equipment, using computer-aided design (CAD) technology
  • Test agricultural machinery and equipment to ensure that they perform adequately
  • Design food-processing plants and supervise manufacturing operations
  • Plan and direct construction of rural electric-power distribution systems
  • Design housing and environments to maximize animals' comfort, health, and productivity
  • Discuss plans with clients, contractors, consultants, and other engineers so that the plans can be evaluated and any necessary changes made

Work Environment

Agricultural engineers work much of the time in offices. They also spend time at a variety of worksites, both indoors and out, traveling to agricultural settings to see that equipment and machinery are functioning according to both the manufacturers' instructions and federal and state regulations.
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Job Outlook

Employment of agricultural engineers is expected to grow 9 percent between 2010 and 2020.
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Pay

The average salary of agricultural engineers in May 2010 was $71,090.
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Agricultural Engineers*
Average Annual Salary, May 2010

Agricultural Engineers

71090

Architecture and Engineering Occupations

71525.1724

All Jobs in the U.S.

52312.5223
Agricultural Engineers*
Percent Change in Employment

Agricultural Engineers

7.40741

Architecture and Engineering Occupations

13.188106742398492

All Jobs in the U.S.

15.767561808929724

Becoming a Agricultural Engineers

Agricultural engineers must have a bachelor's degree, preferably in agricultural engineering or biological engineering. Employers also value practical experience, so cooperative-education engineering programs at universities are valuable as well.
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