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.

Also includes

Agricultural Technicians , Food Science Technicians

About the Job

Indiana Average Salary $40,440.00
Average Time to Fill 38 days
Typical Education Post-secondary certificate or some college courses
Typical Experience
10 Year Projected Openings (2016-2026) 854
10 Year Expected Percentage Change (2016-2026) 5.67 %

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Skills Profile

Essential (Soft) Skills

Essential Skills to Employers

Attention to Detail
Information Gathering
Critical Thinking
Work Ethic
Written Communication
Oral Communication
Numerical and Arithmetic Application

Top Job Duties and Responsibilities

Analyzing Data or Information

Conduct standardized qualitative laboratory analyses
Test chemical or physical characteristics of materials or products
Analyze biological material samples
Analyze chemical or biological data
Examine biological material specimens
Perform biological testing
Analyze chemical compounds or substances
Analyze organic compounds
Conduct standardized quantitative laboratory analyses
Perform statistical analysis or modeling
Determine condition of plants, flowers, shrubs or trees
Identify problems using mathematical or statistical methods
Analyze blood samples
Analyze scientific or investigative findings
Monitor chemical action of substances
Isolate microorganisms
Perform health, safety, and environment (HSE) related research
Perform scientific research
Analyze ecosystem data
Analyze environmental data
Interpret research or operational data
Perform environmental assessment
Analyze forest conditions
Analyze soil to determine fertilizer requirements
Analyze geological samples

Getting Information

Conduct laboratory research or experiments
Conduct field research
Collect scientific or technical data
Collect statistical data
Research agricultural processes or practices
Conduct biological research
Research methods to improve food products
Research topics for educational or entertainment programs
Conduct climatological research
Research human or animal disease or parasites
Collect education or training related data
Perform chemical or chemistry research
Collect geographical or geological field data
Examine characteristics or behavior of living organisms
Obtain technical support instructions from scientists or engineers
Research crop management methods
Research impact of environmental conservation initiatives
Conduct vivisection for scientific research
Conduct interviews to gather scientific or research based information
Conduct plant location surveys
Analyze adaptability of species to new environmental conditions

Handling and Moving Objects

Prepare sample for laboratory testing, analysis, or microscopy
Prepare biological samples for testing or analysis
Prepare compounds or solutions for products or testing
Cultivate microorganisms for study, testing, or medical preparations
Collect samples for analysis or testing
Set-up laboratory or field equipment
Collect biological specimens
Collect blood or tissue samples
Sterilize laboratory, medical, or veterinary equipment or instruments
Collect environmental data or samples
Mix food or beverage ingredients according to instructions

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Booster Skills & Certifications

Job Seekers possessing booster skills & certifications, such as those listed below, added to core skills are more marketable, harder to find and expensive to hire.

Hard to Fill: Employers find positions requiring these skills to be hard to fill. These skills and certifications make a job seeker more in demand because the skills are not widely available.

Expensive to Fill: Employers find positions requiring these skills to be expensive to fill. Job seekers with these skills and certifications are likely to earn more money.

Skill or Certification Certi - fication Hard to Fill Expensive to Fill
Product Development
Inventory Management
Inventory Control

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