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Farm & Home Management Advisors

Also called: Extension Agent, Agricultural Extension Educator, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Agent

What they do:
Advise, instruct, and assist individuals and families engaged in agriculture, agricultural-related processes, or home economics activities. Demonstrate procedures and apply research findings to solve problems; and instruct and train in product development, sales, and the use of machinery and equipment to promote general welfare. Includes county agricultural agents, feed and farm management advisors, home economists, and extension service advisors.
On the job, you would:
  • Collaborate with producers to diagnose and prevent management and production problems.
  • Conduct classes or deliver lectures on subjects such as nutrition, home management, and farming techniques.
  • Advise farmers and demonstrate techniques in areas such as feeding and health maintenance of livestock, growing and harvesting practices, and financial planning.

Knowledge

Education and Training
  • teaching and course design
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Business
  • management
  • customer service
Manufactured or Agricultural Goods
  • food production

Skills

Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • talking to others
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
People and Technology Systems
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
  • figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it

Abilities

Verbal
  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
  • notice when problems happen
Memory
  • remember words, numbers, pictures, or steps
Math
  • add, subtract, multiply, or divide

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include helping people, teaching, and talking.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Cooperation
  • Dependability
  • Integrity
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Initiative
  • Leadership

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Internet browser software
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer
  • Web browser software
Map creation software
  • ESRI ArcGIS software
  • Geographic information system GIS software
Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel

Education

Education: (rated 5 of 5)
master's degree or
bachelor's degree
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Average Outlook
New job opportunities are likely in the future.
Salary
$46,370
per year, on average
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