Agricultural Technicians :

Set up or maintain laboratory equipment and collect samples from crops or animals. Prepare specimens or record data to assist scientists in biology or related life science experiments.

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About the Job

Indiana Average Salary $40,440.00
Average Time to Fill 38 days
Typical Education Master's Degree
Typical Experience Over 1 year, up to and including 2 years
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
Information Gathering
Critical Thinking
Work Ethic

Top Job Duties and Responsibilities

Analyzing Data or Information

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

Getting Information

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

Making Decisions and Solving Problems

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

Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events

Identify characteristics of insects, pests, and diseases
Identify characteristics of plants, crops, and tree species
Identify characteristics of livestock, domestic animals, and other animals
Identify tree or plant species
Classify plants, animals, or other natural phenomena
Identify plant diseases

Handling and Moving Objects

Prepare compounds or solutions for products or testing
Cultivate microorganisms for study, testing, or medical preparations
Prepare sample for laboratory testing, analysis, or microscopy
Prepare biological samples for testing or analysis
Collect samples for analysis or testing
Set-up laboratory or field equipment
Collect biological specimens

Performing General Physical Activities

Apply herbicides, fertilizers, or pesticides
Cultivate agricultural and aquacultural crops for harvesting
Clean rooms, floors, or facilities in agricultural, farming, or forestry settings
Clean laboratory, healthcare, or medical equipment
Plant agricultural crops
Transplant plants and crops
Care for plants or animals

Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material

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

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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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