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Agricultural Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary

Teach courses in the agricultural sciences. Includes teachers of agronomy, dairy sciences, fisheries management, horticultural sciences, poultry sciences, range management, and agricultural soil conservation. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.   (O'Net 25-1041.00)

 
Reported job titles:   Adjunct Instructor, Adjunct Professor, Agribusiness Professor, Agricultural Economics Professor, Agricultural Education Professor, Agricultural Engineering Technology Instructor   (view all job titles)
 
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    Wages
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     Location Pay
    Period
    2016
    Percentile Wages Average
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    Median
    75% 90%
     Vermont Hourly n/a   n/a   n/a   n/a   n/a   n/a  
    Yearly $45,590   $52,890   $58,840   $64,700   $104,330   $72,970  
     
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    source: Occupational Employment Statistics, Vermont Labor Market Information, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, released April 2017.
    n/a - For some occupations that do not generally work full time year-round, only hourly wages or annual salaries are reported depending on how they are typically paid.
     


    Employment Trends
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    Industries of Employment
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    Industry Percent of Total
    2014
    Educational services; state, local, and private 99.5%
    source: Employment Projections, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Employment Matrix, released July 2016.
     


    Tasks
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  • Conduct research in a particular field of knowledge and publish findings in professional journals, books, or electronic media.
     
  • Prepare and deliver lectures to undergraduate or graduate students on topics such as crop production, plant genetics, and soil chemistry.
     
  • Evaluate and grade students' class work, laboratory work, assignments, and papers.
     
  • Supervise undergraduate or graduate teaching, internship, and research work.
     
  • Prepare course materials such as syllabi, homework assignments, and handouts.
     
  • Keep abreast of developments in the field by reading current literature, talking with colleagues, and participating in professional conferences.
     
  • Write grant proposals to procure external research funding.
     
  • Maintain student attendance records, grades, and other required records.
     
  • Initiate, facilitate, and moderate classroom discussions.
     
  • Advise students on academic and vocational curricula and on career issues.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Agricultural Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary  updated July 2011
     


    Knowledge
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  • Biology - Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
     
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
     
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
     
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
     
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
     
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
     
  • Chemistry - Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
     
  • Communications and Media - Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
     
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
     
  • Food Production - Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Agricultural Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary  updated July 2011
     


    Skills
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  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.
     
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
     
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
     
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
     
  • Learning Strategies - Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
     
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
     
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
     
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
     
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
     
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Agricultural Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary  updated July 2011
     


    Abilities
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  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
     
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
     
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
     
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
     
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
     
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
     
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
     
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
     
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
     
  • Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Agricultural Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary  updated July 2011
     


    Work Activities
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  • Training and Teaching Others - Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.
     
  • Interacting With Computers - Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
     
  • Analyzing Data or Information - Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
     
  • Thinking Creatively - Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
     
  • Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others - Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.
     
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge - Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
     
  • Getting Information - Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
     
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates - Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
     
  • Developing Objectives and Strategies - Establishing long-range objectives and specifying the strategies and actions to achieve them.
     
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events - Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Agricultural Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary  updated July 2011
     


    Interests
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  • Social - Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.
     
  • Investigative - Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
     
  • Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Agricultural Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary  updated June 2008
     


    Work Styles
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  • Analytical Thinking - Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
     
  • Achievement/Effort - Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
     
  • Independence - Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
     
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
     
  • Innovation - Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
     
  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
     
  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
     
  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
     
  • Persistence - Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
     
  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Agricultural Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary  updated July 2011
     


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    Education and Training Requirements
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  • Job Zone Five: Extensive Preparation Needed
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  • Education: Most of these occupations require graduate school. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D. (law degree).
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  • Training: Employees may need some on-the-job training, but most of these occupations assume that the person will already have the required skills, knowledge, work-related experience, and/or training.
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  • Experience: Extensive skill, knowledge, and experience are needed for these occupations. Many require more than five years of experience. For example, surgeons must complete four years of college and an additional five to seven years of specialized medical training to be able to do their job.
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    source: Occupational Information Network: Agricultural Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary  updated July 2011
     


    Schools
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      Related Instructional Programs
     
    • Agribusiness/Agricultural Business Operations.
     
    • Agricultural and Food Products Processing.
     
    • Agricultural and Horticultural Plant Breeding.
     
    • Agricultural Animal Breeding.
     
    • Agricultural Business and Management, General.
     
    • Agricultural Business and Management, Other.
     
    • Agricultural Economics.
     
    • Agricultural Mechanization, General.
     
    • Agricultural Mechanization, Other.
     
    • Agricultural Power Machinery Operation.
     
    • Agricultural Production Operations, General.
     
    • Agricultural Production Operations, Other.
     
    • Agricultural Teacher Education.
     
    • Agricultural/Farm Supplies Retailing and Wholesaling.
     
    • AGRICULTURE, AGRICULTURE OPERATIONS, AND RELATED SCIENCES.
     
    • Agroecology and Sustainable Agriculture. (NEW)
     
    • Agronomy and Crop Science.
     
    • Animal Health.
     
    • Animal Nutrition.
     
    • Animal Sciences, General.
     
    • Animal Sciences, Other.
     
    • Animal Training.
     
    • Animal/Livestock Husbandry and Production.
     
    • Applied Horticulture/Horticulture Operations, General.
     
    • Aquaculture.
     
    • Crop Production.
     
    • Dairy Science.
     
    • Equestrian/Equine Studies.
     
    • Farm/Farm and Ranch Management.
     
    • Food Science.
     
    • Greenhouse Operations and Management.
     
    • Horticultural Science.
     
    • International Agriculture.
     
    • Landscaping and Groundskeeping.
     
    • Livestock Management.
     
    • Ornamental Horticulture.
     
    • Plant Nursery Operations and Management.
     
    • Plant Protection and Integrated Pest Management.
     
    • Plant Sciences, General.
     
    • Plant Sciences, Other.
     
    • Poultry Science.
     
    • Range Science and Management.
     
    • Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education.
     
    • Soil Science and Agronomy, General.
     
    • Soil Sciences, Other.
     
    • Turf and Turfgrass Management.
     
    • Viticulture and Enology. (NEW)
     
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    source: National Center for Education Statistics 2000 Classification of Instructional Programs .
     


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