|Quick Facts: Agricultural and Food Science Technicians|
$44,700 per year
$21.49 per hour
|Moderate-term on-the-job training|
|9% (Faster than average)|
What Agricultural and Food Science Technicians Do
Agricultural and food science technicians assist agricultural and food scientists.
Agricultural and food science technicians work in laboratories, processing plants, farms and ranches, greenhouses, and offices.
How to Become an Agricultural or Food Science Technician
Agricultural and food science technicians typically need an associate’s degree in biology, chemistry, crop or animal science, or a related field. Some positions require candidates to have a bachelor’s degree, and others a high school diploma or equivalent plus related work experience.
The median annual wage for agricultural technicians was $40,430 in May 2021.
The median annual wage for food science technicians was $46,590 in May 2021.
Overall employment of agricultural and food science technicians is projected to grow 9 percent from 2021 to 2031, faster than the average for all occupations.
About 4,900 openings for agricultural and food science technicians are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.
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