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Environmental Systems

Fields

  • Hydrology
  • Soil Science
  • Meteorology
  • Environmental Science
  • Wind Energy Technology
  • Aquatic Biology

Jobs

  • Meteorologist:
    $62,400 - $101,000
  • Custom Applicator:
    $28,000 - $42,000
  • Environmental Compliance Inspector:
    $25,000 - $90,000
  • Water Treatment Specialist:
    $20,800 - $66,000
  • Ag Facilities Construction Manager:
    $56.000 - $146,000

Pay

The median advertised salary in Minnesota for environmental system occupations is about $54,400.

environmental systems career pathways

Pathway Description

Includes recycling, water and air pollution control, and waste disposal and public health issues, develop regulations to prevent environmental mishaps, analyze and research environmental projects.

Biotechnolgy

Fields

  • Biofuels
  • Genetics
  • Physics
  • Life Science
  • Biology and Biotechnology
  • Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Jobs

  • Dairy Commodity Grader:
    $31,000 - $70,100
  • Fatty Acids Materials Scientist:
    $71,000 - $98,000
  • Fermentation Microbiologist:
    $50,000 - $78,000
  • Biological Lab Technician:
    $20,800 - $67,300
  • Ethanol Biofuel Processing Technician:
    $29,000 - $40,000

Pay

The median advertised salary in Minnesota for biofuel system occupations is about $45,000.

biotechnology career pathways

Pathway Description

Make use of a range of tools, including breeding techniques, to make or modify products or organisms, improve plants or animals, or develop microorganisms for specific agricultural uses.

Power, Structural and Technical Systems

Fields

  • Robotics
  • UAS / UAV
  • Welding and Fabrication
  • Applied Engineering / Drafting
  • Precision Agriculture / GIS / GPS
  • Diesel and Heavy Equipment Mechanics

Jobs

  • Mechanical Engineer:
    $43,000 - $135,200
  • TIG Welder:
    $27,000 - $42,000
  • CAD Mechanical Drafter / Designer:
    $38,200 - $57,000
  • Industrial / Field Maintenance Tech:
    $30,300 - $77,000

Pay

The median advertised salary in Minnesota for power, structural, and technical system occupations is about $54,100.

power structural technical systems career pathways

Pathway Description

Apply engineering, hydraulics, pneumatics, electronics, power structures and controls to farming, design agricultural structures, design machinery and equipment, conserve soil and water for farms, and improve processing of agricultural products.

Natural Resources Systems

Fields

  • Forestry
  • Wildlife Ecology
  • Urban Forestry
  • Land Surveying / Geospatial Analysis
  • Forestry / Natural Resources
  • Natural Resources Law Enforcement

Jobs

  • Forest Firefighter:
    $25,000 - $40,100
  • Park Naturalist:
    $20,300 - $56,000
  • Soil and Water Conservationist:
    $32,240 - $95,700
  • Environmental Geologist / Biological Science Technician:
    $30,900 - $77,000

Pay

The median advertised salary in Minnesota for natural resource system occupations is about $38,300.

natural resources systems career pathways

Pathway Description

Protect natural resources, develop, maintain and manage forests and rangelands, catch and trap marine life, work at recreational sites, provide habitats for wildlife.

Agribusiness Systems

Fields

  • Agricultural Science
  • Agribusiness
  • Agribusiness Management
  • Agricultural Education
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Accounting / Finance / Business Management

Jobs

  • Grain Sales Agent:
    $50,000 - $86,600
  • Agricultural Marketing Manager:
    $40,000 – $150,000
  • Ag / Biological Science Teacher:
    $35,000 - $76,000
  • Agricultural Loan Officer:
    $34,000 - $125,000
  • Agricultural Insurance Sales Agent:
    $31,200 - $125,000

Pay

The median advertised salary in Minnesota for agribusiness occupations is about $60,600.

agricultural systems career pathways

Pathway Description

Coordinate activities that contribute to the production, processing and distribution of agricultural commodities and resources, promote agricultural products, and help finance agricultural businesses.

Animal Systems

Fields

  • Paralegal
  • Equine Science
  • Animal Science
  • Veterinary Technician
  • General Agriculture
  • Dairy, Lamb, Wool, Swine Management

Jobs

  • Veterinarian:
    $31,200 - $120,000
  • Animal Scientist:
    $69,800 - $87,000
  • Animal Care Worker:
    $17,160 - $41,000
  • Supervisor of Animal Herdspersons:
    $29,100 - $60,400
  • Animal Breeder:
    $38,000 - $42,000

Pay

The median advertised salary in Minnesota for animal system occupations is about $38,900.

animal systems career pathways

Pathway Description

Develop new ways of producing and processing meat, poultry, eggs and dairy products, study genetics, nutrition, reproduction, growth and development of domesticated farm animals, inspect and grade livestock food products, purchase livestock, work in technical sales or marketing of livestock.

Plant Systems

Fields

  • Agronomy
  • Plant Science
  • Commodity Marketing
  • Golf Course Management
  • Horticulture / Green House Management
  • Landscape Design / Construction/Technology

Jobs

  • Agronomist:
    $91,900 - $107.000
  • Arborist / Tree Worker:
    $35,000 - $75,000
  • Grain Marketing Advisor:
    $65,100 - $70,000
  • Agricultural Technician:
    $26,000 - $61,000
  • Plant Food Scientist:
    $35,400 - $135,000

Pay

The median advertised salary in Minnesota for plant system occupations is about $36,000.

plant systems career pathways

Pathway Description

Study plants and their growth, use genetic engineering to improve crops, develop ways to improve seeds.

Food Products and Processing Systems

Fields

  • Culinary Arts
  • Food Science
  • Accounting / Finance
  • Food Processing Safety
  • Food Service Management
  • Communications and Marketing

Jobs

  • Chef / Manager:
    $20,000 - $68,000
  • Production Supervisor:
    $32,200 - $73,100
  • Agricultural Inspector:
    $31,000 - $70,100
  • Food Product Machine Operator:
    $25,000 - $51,000
  • Agricultural Engineers:
    $68,000 - $95,000

Pay

The median advertised salary in Minnesota for food system occupations is about $40,800.

food products processing systems career pathways

Pathway Description

Discover new food sources,analyze food content, develop ways to process, preserve, package or store food, create new food products, inspect food processing areas.

Salary data from Talent Neuron jobs listed between April 1, 2016 and July 20, 2016

Data collected as of April 1, 2017


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Explore a future career in Agriculture!

  • According to USDA/Purdue University Study Agricultural students make up about 1% of the total number of students enrolled in postsecondary education.

  • But there are 2x as many diverse job opportunities as there are qualified graduates to fill them!

  • According to AgCareers.com 59% of agricultural companies expect their workforce to increase in size in the next 2 years.

Agricultural Education

Top 3 Majors for two year programs

  • Horticulture
  • Ag Business
  • Ag Production/Operations

Top 3 Majors for four year programs

  • Animal Science
  • Ag Business
  • Food Science

Agriculture Is The Nation’s Largest Employer

with more than 23 Million Jobs [that’s 17% of the civilian workforce] involved in some facet of American agriculture.
(Data by National FFA Organization)


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Critical Foundation Knowledge and Skills Identified by Employers:

Problem Solving - Ethics - Critical Thinking - Integrity - Teamwork - Technology Application - Safety, Health, & Environment - Organizational & Global Systems - Leadership - Cultural Competence - Lifelong Learning - Creativity - Communications - Innovation


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