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  • Introduction to agriculture
  • Soils and plant science
  • Pest and disease management
  • Animal husbandry
  • Environmental management
  • Agricultural economics and marketing
  • Crop and livestock production
  • Agricultural biotechnology
  • Horticulture and agroforestry
  • Aquaculture and fisheries
  • Agricultural research and data analysis
  • Food safety and quality assurance
  • Agricultural policy and regulations
  • Agricultural entrepreneurship and business planning
  • Agricultural careers
  • And more!

Program Overview

Collins Career Technical Center's Agriscience program is designed for high school students interested in agriculture. The program provides students with a strong foundation in the principles and practices of modern agriculture, including plant and animal sciences, agricultural economics, and environmental management. In addition, students will learn about crop and soil science, animal nutrition, and the production and marketing of farm products. The program offers hands-on training through various lab activities and field experiences, such as raising animals and managing farm operations. Students will also be able to participate in Future Farmers of America (FFA), a national organization for students interested in agriculture and leadership. The Agriscience program is a two-year program for high school juniors and seniors. Upon completing the program, students will have the skills and knowledge necessary for further education or entry-level employment in various agricultural settings. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), work in farming and food science occupations is projected to grow about as fast as the average for all occupations. The median annual wage for agricultural workers was $29,680 in May 2021.

What Do Agriscience Graduates Do?

Agricultural workers typically do the following:

  • Plant, inspect, and harvest crops
  • Irrigate farm soil and maintain ditches or pipes and pumps
  • Operate and service farm machinery and tools
  • Apply fertilizer or pesticide solutions to control insects, fungi, and weeds
  • Move plants, shrubs, and trees with wheelbarrows or tractors
  • Feed livestock and clean and disinfect their cages, pens, and yards
  • Examine animals to detect symptoms of illnesses or injuries and administer vaccines to protect animals from diseases
  • Use brands, tags, or tattoos to mark livestock ownership and grade
  • Herd livestock to pastures for grazing or to scales, trucks, or other enclosures

Careers in this Field

Immediate Careers:

  • Farm worker
  • Livestock handler
  • Crop production worker
  • Greenhouse technician
  • Irrigation technician
  • Equipment operator
  • Agricultural machinery mechanic
  • Sales representative for agricultural products
  • Agricultural chemical applicator
  • Agricultural inspector

Careers with some post-secondary education:

  • Agricultural business manager
  • Farm or ranch manager
  • Agricultural journalist or writer
  • Landscape designer or manager
  • Agricultural extension agent
  • Agricultural educator
  • Animal nutritionist
  • Agricultural economist
  • Agricultural engineer
  • Horticulturist

Careers with a bachelor's degree or beyond:

  • Agricultural lawyer
  • Agricultural policy analyst
  • Plant geneticist or breeder
  • Agricultural scientist or researcher
  • Agricultural consultant
  • Agricultural biotechnologist
  • Agricultural economist
  • Food scientist or technologist
  • Agricultural marketing and sales manager
  • Agricultural communications specialist

These are just a few examples of the many career paths that a student who graduated from a high school career tech agriculture program could pursue with different levels of education and training. The agriculture industry offers a wide range of opportunities for those who are passionate about farming, ranching, or related fields.


Garrett Crawford

Ag-Science Teacher
Farm Complex

Meghan Gillum

Health and Services Academies Supervisor
High School

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