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Agricultural and Food Science Technicians

Agricultural and Food Science Technicians
Quick Facts : Agricultural and Food Science Technicians*
2010 Median Pay$32,760
Entry Level EducationAssociate's degree
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 201221,300
Job Outlook7% (Slower than average)
Employment Change1,500


Under the supervision of scientists, agricultural and food science technicians measure and analyze the quality of food and agricultural products. They test food, food additives, and food containers to ensure they comply with established safety standards.

What Agricultural and Food Science Technicians Do

  • Follow protocols to prepare, analyze, and store crop or animal samples properly
  • Examine animals and other specimens to determine the presence of diseases or other problems
  • Measure ingredients used in testing or animal feed and other purposes
  • Compile and analyze test results that go into charts, presentations, and reports
  • Keep a safe, sterile laboratory environment

Work Environment

Agricultural and food science technicians work in offices, laboratories, and in processing plants.
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Job Outlook

Employment of agricultural and food technicians is expected to grow by 7 percent from 2010 to 2020, mostly in federal food inspection jobs.
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Pay

The average salary of agricultural and food science technicians in May 2010 was $32,760.
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Agricultural and Food Science Technicians*
Average Annual Salary, May 2010

Agricultural and Food Science Technicians

32760

Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations

59516.2857

All Jobs in the U.S.

52312.5223
Agricultural and Food Science Technicians*
Percent Change in Employment

Agricultural and Food Science Technicians

7.04225

Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations

13.36232967887606

All Jobs in the U.S.

15.767561808929724

Becoming a Agricultural and Food Science Technicians

Agricultural and food science technicians typically need an associate's degree in animal science or a related field. Technicians who have only a high school diploma typically get more on-the-job training than do those with a college degree.
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