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Agricultural and Food Science Technicians
(SOC Code : 19-4011)
in California

Work with agricultural scientists in food, fiber, and animal research, production, and processing; assist with animal breeding and nutrition work; under supervision, conduct tests and experiments to improve yield and quality of crops or to increase the resistance of plants and animals to disease or insects. Include technicians who assist food scientists or food technologists in the research, development, production technology, quality control, packaging, processing, and use of foods.

Employers are usually looking for candidates with a Associate degree .

Occupational Wages[Top]
AreaYearPeriodHourly MeanHourly by Percentile
25thMedian75th
California 20171st Qtr$20.66$14.87$18.87$24.68

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Occupational Projections of Employment (also called "Outlook" or "Demand")[Top]
 AreaEstimated Year-Projected YearEmploymentEmployment ChangeAnnual Avg Openings
EstimatedProjectedNumberPercent
California 2014 - 20244,3005,10080018.6220

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Possible Licenses Required and Issuing Authority[Top]
License Title
License Authority
Milk Inspection Certificate of ProficiencyDepartment of Food and Agriculture
Division of Animal Health and Food Safety Services
Milk and Dairy Food Safety Branch
https://www.cdfa.ca.gov/ahfss/Milk_and_Dairy_Food_Safety/index.html
Technician`s LicenseDepartment of Food and Agriculture
Division of Animal Health and Food Safety Services
Milk and Dairy Food Safety Branch
https://www.cdfa.ca.gov/ahfss/Milk_and_Dairy_Food_Safety/index.html
Tester`s LicenseDepartment of Food and Agriculture
Division of Animal Health and Food Safety Services
Milk and Dairy Food Safety Branch
https://www.cdfa.ca.gov/ahfss/Milk_and_Dairy_Food_Safety/index.html

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Industries Employing This Occupation (click on Industry Title to View Employers List)[Top]
Industry Title
Number of Employers in State of California
Percent of Total
Employment for Occupation in State of California
Management & Technical Consulting Svc 25,49418.7%
Fruit, Vegetable, & Specialty Foods Mfg 18811.2%
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting7,60910.9%
Scientific Research and Development Svc 6,4105.9%
Dairy Product Manufacturing 1194.6%
Bakeries and Tortilla Manufacturing 3,7202.3%
Architectural and Engineering Services 19,9981.2%

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Training Programs (click on title for more information)[Top]
Program Title
Food Technology and Processing

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About This Occupation (from O*NET - The Occupation Information Network)[Top]
Top Tasks (Specific duties and responsibilities of this job.)
Record environmental data from field samples of soil, air, water, or pests to monitor the effectiveness of integrated pest management (IPM) practices.
Conduct studies of nitrogen or alternative fertilizer application methods, quantities, or timing to ensure satisfaction of crop needs and minimization of leaching, runoff, or denitrification.
Assess comparative soil erosion from various planting or tillage systems, such as conservation tillage with mulch or ridge till systems, no-till systems, or conventional tillage systems with or without moldboard plows.
Measure or weigh ingredients used in laboratory testing.
Set up laboratory or field equipment as required for site testing.
Prepare laboratory samples for analysis, following proper protocols to ensure that they will be stored, prepared, and disposed of efficiently and effectively.
Receive and prepare laboratory samples for analysis, following proper protocols to ensure that they will be stored, prepared, and disposed of efficiently and effectively.
Examine animals or crop specimens to determine the presence of diseases or other problems.
Collect animal or crop samples.
Record data pertaining to experimentation, research, or animal care.

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Top Skills used in this Job
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.
Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
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.
Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others` actions.
Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
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.

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Top Work Values (Aspects of this job that create satisfaction.)
Relationships - Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment.
Support - Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees.

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Top Interests (The types of activities someone in this job would like.)
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.
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.

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