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Agricultural Technicians

Also called: Research Associate, Seed Analyst, Agricultural Research Technician, Laboratory Technician

What they do:
Set up or maintain laboratory equipment and collect samples from crops or animals. Prepare specimens or record data to assist scientists in biology or related life science experiments.
On the job, you would:
  • Receive and prepare laboratory samples for analysis, following proper protocols to ensure that they will be stored, prepared, and disposed of efficiently and effectively.
  • Record data pertaining to experimentation, research, or animal care.
  • Plant seeds in specified areas, and count the resulting plants to determine the percentage of seeds that germinated.

Knowledge

Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
  • biology
Engineering and Technology
  • computers and electronics
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Manufactured or Agricultural Goods
  • food production

Skills

Basic Skills
  • reading work related information
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it

Abilities

Verbal
  • communicate by speaking
  • communicate by writing
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • group things in different ways

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Cooperation
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Integrity
  • Initiative

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Analytical or scientific software
  • Statistical software
Spreadsheet software
Electronic mail software
  • Email software

Education

Education: (rated 3 of 5)
bachelor's degree or
high school diploma
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Below Average Outlook
New job opportunities are less likely in the future.
Salary
$34,070
per year, on average
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