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Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources


The Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources Career Cluster prepares students for careers in production, processing, marketing, distribution, financing, and the development of agricultural commodities and resources. These careers closely align with the careers in Connecticut's Agriculture Industry Cluster.  
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AgExplorer: Find Your Future in Agriculture {NEW!}

National FFA Organization features a one-minute short video on career exploration. Click here for more information.


Agricultural or Food Scientist

This Vocationary web page provides job duties, work environment, education and training, pay, a summary of the career, and additional resources.

Agricultural Engineers {NEW!}

U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment and Wages 2015.

Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources  {NEW!}

Check out this Oklahoma state CareerTech resource with information on the various career paths, plans of study, and additional resources in this cluster.

Animal Scientists

U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Employment Statistics, provides industry profiles and employment and wage estimates.

Animal Trainer    {NEW!}

Science Buddies presents interesting aspects of the animal trainer career. At the bottom of that web page, press on the words “Find out more…” for the details on key facts and information, educational requirements,  and more.

Botanist (Plant Biologist)
USDA Living Science presents a brief description of the tasks of a botanist.

CareerOneStop – Career Videos for Agriculture and Natural Resources
Sponsored by the U. S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration, CareerOneStop provides a wealth of information and videos for careers and workforce skills. Click on “Agriculture and Natural Resources” to view the list of over two dozen videos on careers for the cluster.

Sponsored by the U. S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration, CareerOneStop provides a wealth of information and videos for careers and workforce skills. View over two dozen videos on careers in this cluster.

CareerOneStop Explore Careers: Salary Finder

Browse comparative wage/salary information available by occupation. Salary information comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program, a semi-annual survey that provides wage and employment statistics for the nation, each state, and sub-state regions. Sponsored by the U. S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration. – Food Manufacturing Resources 

A great food industry resource presenting useful tools, helpful information, and relevant products and services to food and beverage manufacturing industry professionals. Job seekers, recruiters, and employers are certain to find something of interest, and students can explore the wide range of career opportunities.

Connecticut Farmers on Farming  
Working the Land presents interviews and videos of local Connecticut farmers.

The U.S. Forest Service uses modern electronic equipment and communication tools to help manage wild fires and public safety; check out this web site for the “Hotshot Crews and the “smokejumpers”.

Read the definition of food scientist and about how each of the following is related to a career as a "food scientist": engineer, microbiologist and microbiology lab manager, product developer and product development manager, production director or plant manager, production supervisor, quality assurance and quality assurance manager, sales and sales director. 
The Phoenix Learning Group presents YouTube clip of what a farm manager does, from human resources (hiring), operations (selection of crops, crop management), to distribution and marketing (delivering and selling in different markets).

Greenhouse Owner/ Nursery Manager Interview

CareerWise Education provides information on wages, job outlook and work responsibilities.

Interview with Phillip Johnson: sustainable landscape designer extraordinaire  

Do you love being outdoors in nature, camping trips, hiking, rock climbing? Then consider a career as a landscape designer/architect. Read this interview with Phillip Johnson about his philosophy of sustainable design, his inspiration, his challenges of working with nature, career highlights, and see samples of his sustainable landscape systems. (Scroll down past the many photo images to get to the interview.)


Marine Fisheries and Aquaculture Series – Farming the Seas
This Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) site presents the aquaculture industry, critical issues related to providing for the global demand for seafood, a glossary of terms, and numerous resources.

U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Outlook Handbook edition, providing the nature of the industry, working conditions, employment and occupations in the industry, training and advancement, occupational outlook and trends, average earnings, and additional information. Read also about agricultural and food scientists, agricultural engineers, and environmental engineers.

Check out this National Public Radio (NPR) article “Scientists Tune In To The 'Voices Of The Landscape'” and learn about how what we hear (or don’t hear) can indicate much the health of our surrounding environment. Listen to recordings of ants, birds, wolves, and elephants, and hear Purdue University’s Dr. Brian Pijanowski explain how landscape ecologists record the sounds of animals helps gauge the health of natural ecosystems for spatial modeling, and analysis of land use and cover change purposes.
O*NET Online – Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources Cluster  
This database lists some of the many occupations associated with each career cluster, providing summary information for each occupation regarding qualifications and education requirements, skills, abilities, job zones, common tasks and work activities, work values, work styles, interests, and related occupations.

O*Net Online
Summary Report for Animal Scientists

O*NET OnLine provides the common tasks and responsibilities of animal scientists, a list of related occupations, and a link to additional information on animal and food scientists by the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics (Occupational Outlook Handbook 2010-2011 edition). O*NET OnLine by the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) is under the sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).


Profiles of Women at EPA

U.S. Department of Environmental Protection features the careers of five professional engineers.


U.S. Forest Service – General Careers Overview
Filled with information on the many types for indoor and outdoor careers open to everyone – from forestry or engineering technician, electronics technician, or biological science technician; to law enforcement officer or criminal investigator; to accountant, contract specialist, social services assistant, public affairs specialist, or realty specialist; to human resources specialist, to teacher, education and vocational training specialist or guidance counselor.  Click here to read about pathways to federal careers.


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Content Last Modified on 9/7/2016 1:23:01 PM