Agriculture and Natural Resources
Grow Your Career Options
Agriculture and food science have moved a long way from the old family farm. From vertical hydroponics to urban agriculture, you'd be surprised at the diverse opportunity available in these industries. Discover your options today!
Which pathways are offered?
Plant Science—This pathway prepares students to learn about horticulture and plant science trends, soil science, and weed management.
Animal Science—This pathway prepares students to apply knowledge of the production and processing of agricultural commodities, animal products, and agricultural and animal resources.
What types of jobs can my student learn about and prepare for?*
Some of the jobs include:
Farmer, Rancher, or other Agricultural Manager
Agricultural and Food Scientist
What is the salary outlook?*
Salaries vary depending on the job title, but approximate sample career salaries include:
Farmers, Ranchers, and other Agricultural Managers—$68,090/year
Agricultural and Food Scientists—$68,830/year; expected job growth 6%
Environment Engineers—$92,120/year; expected job growth 3%
*Some of these jobs require additional education and certifications once a student graduates from high school. Salaries vary depending on the job title, experience, and location. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook. (2020).
Which industry-recognized, in-demand certifications and exams can my student prepare for?
CTECS Workplace Readiness Assessment
CTECS Plants and Soil
CTECS Animal Science
NOCTI Productional Agriculture