Agricultural and Food Science Technicians:

Work with agricultural and food scientists in food, fiber, and animal research, production, and processing; and assist with animal breeding and nutrition. Conduct tests and experiments to improve yield and quality of crops or to increase the resistance of plants and animals to disease or insects. Includes technicians who assist food scientists or technologists in the research and development of production technology, quality control, packaging, processing, and use of foods.

Also includes

Agricultural Technicians , Food Science Technicians

About the Job

Indiana Average Salary $40,440.00
Average Time to Fill 38 days
Typical Education Post-secondary certificate or some college courses
Typical Experience
10 Year Projected Openings (2016-2026) 854
10 Year Expected Percentage Change (2016-2026) 5.67 %

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Skills Profile

Essential (Soft) Skills

Essential Skills to Employers

Attention to Detail
Critical Thinking
Information Gathering
Work Ethic

Top Job Duties and Responsibilities

Analyzing Data or Information

Analyze chemical or biological data
Determine condition of plants, flowers, shrubs or trees
Analyze organic compounds
Examine biological material specimens
Conduct standardized qualitative laboratory analyses
Analyze biological material samples
Perform biological testing
Analyze chemical compounds or substances
Test chemical or physical characteristics of materials or products
Conduct standardized quantitative laboratory analyses
Identify problems using mathematical or statistical methods
Perform statistical analysis or modeling
Interpret animal habits, behaviors, or needs

Getting Information

Collect scientific or technical data
Research agricultural processes or practices
Conduct laboratory research or experiments
Conduct field research
Collect statistical data
Research methods to improve food products
Research human or animal disease or parasites
Conduct plant location surveys
Research crop management methods
Examine characteristics or behavior of living organisms
Conduct biological research
Obtain technical support instructions from scientists or engineers

Making Decisions and Solving Problems

Inseminate animals using Artificial Insemination (AI)
Follow safety procedures and regulations in agricultural, farming, or forestry environments
Control animal and plant diseases through sanitation, cleanliness, and management procedures
Determine desired breeding methods and timetable
Identify animal disease or parasites
Identify insect disease or parasites
Solve animal breeding problems
Solve production problems
Implement health or sanitation standards

Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events

Identify characteristics of insects, pests, and diseases
Identify plant diseases
Classify plants, animals, or other natural phenomena
Identify tree or plant species
Identify characteristics of livestock, domestic animals, and other animals
Identify characteristics of plants, crops, and tree species
Select animals to be bred
Determine crops or timber ready for harvest

Handling and Moving Objects

Cultivate microorganisms for study, testing, or medical preparations
Prepare compounds or solutions for products or testing
Collect blood or tissue samples
Collect biological specimens
Prepare biological samples for testing or analysis
Prepare sample for laboratory testing, analysis, or microscopy
Mix food or beverage ingredients according to instructions
Set-up laboratory or field equipment
Collect samples for analysis or testing

Performing General Physical Activities

Harvest agricultural or aquacultural crops
Cultivate agricultural and aquacultural crops for harvesting
Apply herbicides, fertilizers, or pesticides
Transplant plants and crops
Plant agricultural crops
Clean laboratory, healthcare, or medical equipment
Clean rooms, floors, or facilities in agricultural, farming, or forestry settings
Care for plants or animals
Provide food and water to wild, domestic, or farm animals

Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material

Test food to determine that it is cooked
Test quality of materials or finished products
Test materials to verify safety standards
Perform quality assurance testing
Evaluate quality of materials or products
Perform agricultural, farming, or forestry related safety inspection
Inspect plants, farm crops, or fields

Thinking Creatively

Modify recipes to produce specific food products
Select food or beverage samples
Develop sustainable industrial or development methods
Maintain quality assurance procedures
Develop simple informational data repositories or databases
Develop complex computer databases
Create mathematical or statistical diagrams, charts, or tables

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Booster Skills & Certifications

Job Seekers possessing booster skills & certifications, such as those listed below, added to core skills are more marketable, harder to find and expensive to hire.

Hard to Fill: Employers find positions requiring these skills to be hard to fill. These skills and certifications make a job seeker more in demand because the skills are not widely available.

Expensive to Fill: Employers find positions requiring these skills to be expensive to fill. Job seekers with these skills and certifications are likely to earn more money.

Skill or Certification Certi - fication Hard to Fill Expensive to Fill
Product Development
Inventory Management
Inventory Control

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