Career Opportunities in Agriculture Food and Natural Resources

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Whether you're a student or a professional ready for a career change, you'll find in this invaluable book everything you need to know to start an exciting career or change the direction of your current career in agriculture, food, and natural resources.

Agriculture encompasses much more than the production, marketing, and distribution of food. People involved in the agriculture industry also work to produce raw materials for clothing, shelter, energy, and medicine, as well as to provide opportunities for recreation. Whether you want to work on a farm or ranch, at a fish hatchery, in a greenhouse, or in a scientific laboratory, there are a variety of opportunities available in agriculture, food, and natural resources. Career Opportunities in Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources profiles more than 95 jobs, including

Organic Farmer

Vineyard Manager

Fishery Biologist


Agricultural Engineer

Farm Equipment Mechanic

Commodity Broker

Meat Cutter

Floral Designer


Agritourism Operator

Wildlife Rehabilitator

Throughout this helpful career guide, the reader will find a quick-reference Career Profile for each job summarizing its notable features, a Career Ladder illustrating frequent routes to and from the position described, and a comprehensive text pointing out special skills, education, training, and various associations relevant to each post. Appendixes include educational and training programs, professional unions and associations, government agencies, and Internet resources.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816074563
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/1/2010
  • Series: Career Opportunities Series
  • Pages: 352
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction v

Acknowledgments xi

How to Use This Book xiii


Farmer 2

Organic Farmer 5

Crop Farmer 8

Horticultural Grower 11

Livestock Rancher 14

Dairy Farmer 17

Poultry Farmer 20

Market Gardener 22

Farming-Support Staff

Farm Manager 26

Beef Cattle Manager 28

Vineyard Manager 30

Nursery Manager 32

Farmworker 34

Farm Equipment Operator 36

Cowboy 38

Nursery Worker 40

Aquaculture and Commercial Fishing

Commercial Fisherman 44

Fish Farmer 47

Hatchery Manager 49

Fishery Biologist 51

Aquaculture Technician 54

Forest Production and Management

Forester 58

Silviculturist 61

Forestry Technician 63

Forest Ranger 66

Wildland Firefighter 69

Forest Engineer 72

Logger 75


Agronomist 78

Plant Scientist 81

Animal Scientist 84

Horticultural Scientist 87

Entomologist 90

Geneticist 93

Agricultural Engineer 96

Research Associate 99

Agricultural Technician 101

Agriculture Research Service (ARS) Research Scientist 104

Extension Specialist 107

Agricultural Services

Agricultural Consultant 112

Agricultural Inspector 115

Agricultural Pilot 117

Farmers' Market Manager 119

Grain Elevator Manager 122

Farm Labor Contractor 124

Auctioneer 126

Farm Equipment Mechanic 129


Agricultural Economist 132

Buyer 134

Commodity Broker 136

Loan Officer 139

Marketing Specialist 142

Rural Appraiser 145

Sales Representative 148

Food and Beverage Industries

Baker 152

Meat Cutter 155

Winemaker 158

Food Technologist 161

Flavor Chemist 164

Research Chef 166

Food Process Engineer 169

Food Microbiologist 172

Quality Assurance Specialist 174

Food Inspector 176

Food Broker Representative 179

Floral, Gardening, and Landscaping Services

Floral Designer 184

Interior Plant Technician 186

Gardener 188

Arborist 191

Golf Course Superintendent 194

Groundskeeper 197

Landscape Architect 200

Landscape Contractor 203

Pest Control Technician 206

Pet and Animal Services

Pet Business Owner 210

Animal Trainer 213

Animal Behaviorist 216

Animal Caretaker 219

Animal Control Officer 222

Veterinary Medicine

Veterinarian 226

Veterinary Pathologist 230

Veterinary Technician 233

Natural Resources Management and Conservation

Soil Conservationist 238

Range Manager 241

Wetland Scientist 244

Environmental Toxicologist 247

Natural Resources Technician 250

Conservation Officer 253

Wildlife Rehabilitator 256

Travel, Tourism, and Recreation

Agritourism Operator 260

Ecotour Operator 262

Park Naturalist 265

Outdoor Guide 268

Education and Communications

Agriculture Teacher 272

Professor 276

Extension Agent 279

4-H Agent 282

Agricultural Journalist 285

Communications Specialist 288


I Education and Training Resources on the Internet 292

II Professional Unions and Associations 296

III U.S. Departments and Agencies on the Internet 309

IV Resources on the World Wide Web 311

Glossary 322

Bibliography 326

Index 333

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