Agriculture Technology Degree and Training Programs
Agriculture technology is a broad field that encompasses areas related to animals, plants, farm equipment, food production and much more. Continue reading for more information on the various degree levels available in agriculture technology, review online learning options in this field, and find out what kind of job you could land with each degree.
What Topics Will I Study Through Associate's Degree Programs?
An Associate in Applied Science in Agricultural Technology or Precision Agricultural Technology takes about two years to complete. In either associate's degree program, you may work in a campus greenhouse or on a farm to gain experience managing workers and animals. Some programs offer specializations, allowing you to focus on agricultural business, animal care or crops. You may learn to analyze market demand and improve the quality of crops through pest reduction and plant rotation. Additional topics of study could include:
- Soil science
- Plant anatomy
- Organic plants
- Plant and animal reproduction
- Contemporary issues
|Associate's Level Courses||Soil science, plant anatomy, plant and animal reproduction|
|Bachelor's Level Courses||Equipment repair, agribusiness, environmental concerns, management techniques|
|Online Degrees||Online degrees in this field are not available at this time|
|Career Options||Dairy farmer, farm inspector, farming equipment repair company owner|
|Median Salary (2018)||$40,860 (Agricultural and Food Science Technicians)|
|Job Outlook (2016-2026)||6% growth (Agricultural and Food Science Technicians)|
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)
What Topics Will I Study in Bachelor's Degree Programs?
You can earn a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Technology, Agricultural Operations Technology or Agricultural and Environmental Technology. Any of these bachelor's degree programs takes about four years to complete and may have specialization requirements in business, environment or another area. Your courses may cover the chemical elements of plants and issues pertaining to their health, such as pesticide use. You may also study ways to make a profit in an agribusiness. Other courses may pertain to animal health and ways to make sure they're receiving the proper nutrients, as well as:
- Equipment repair
- Environmental concerns
- Management techniques
Can I Earn My Degree Online?
Complete agricultural programs are only available only on campus as of 2016. However, some schools have certain courses, such as soil science, available online. If you're at a school offering online classes, you may use videos, CDs and PowerPoint to view lectures and read additional notes about the course. You could also discuss the program with your classmates through online discussion boards, which may count for participation credits.
How Can I Use My Degree?
Some schools require that you complete an internship in between your first and second years of school, which can help you decide which aspect of agriculture interests you. With an associate's degree in agricultural technology, you could become a dairy farmer or manage production at a dairy farm. You could consider a career in food production, marketing or the development of food-processing laws. You could become a farm inspector, making sure work conditions are humane and the conditions are being met. You could also go into business and provide accounting services or help farmers take out loans and make money on their farms.
With a bachelor's degree, you could become employed by, own or manage a farm equipment repair company. You could work at a food-processing plant, manage a farm or consult on ways to implement green technology in farming. Other options involve machinery maintenance, facilities management, farm commerce or research.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that agricultural and food science technicians made a median salary of $40,860 as of 2018. The BLS projects the job outlook for this occupation in 2016-2026 to be 6%, which is as fast as the average.