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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.   (O'Net 19-4011.00)

 
Reported job titles:   Agriculture Technician, Agronomy Technician, Artificial Breeding Technician, Cotton Program Technician, Dairy Lab Technician, Dairy Technician   (view all job titles)
 
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    Percentile Wages Average
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     Vermont Hourly $ 14.95   $ 16.10   $ 17.60   $ 19.11   $ 22.81   $ 18.04  
    Yearly $31,100   $33,490   $36,600   $39,750   $47,450   $37,520  
     
     Burlington-South Burlington, VT Metropolitan NECTA Hourly $ 13.25   $ 15.38   $ 17.79   $ 21.21   $ 23.85   $ 18.17  
    Yearly $27,550   $32,000   $37,010   $44,120   $49,610   $37,790  
     
     Northern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 12.19   $ 14.46   $ 19.52   $ 23.33   $ 28.35   $ 19.47  
    Yearly $25,350   $30,080   $40,610   $48,520   $58,970   $40,510  
     
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    source: Occupational Employment Statistics, Vermont Labor Market Information, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, released April 2017.
     


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    Industry Percent of Total
    2014
    Educational services; state, local, and private 19.9%
    Food manufacturing 18.6%
    Animal production and aquaculture 12.2%
    Crop production 11.4%
    Support activities for agriculture and forestry 8.0%
    source: Employment Projections, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Employment Matrix, released July 2016.
     


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    Dairy Technican Dairy Technican Licensing
    Food Safety & Consumer Protection
    Vermont Agency Of Agriculture, Food & Markets
     
    source: Vermont Department of Labor, Licensed & Certified Occupations in Vermont, 2015.
     


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