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Teach Agriculture

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Agriculture instructors teach high school students applications in science, management, leadership, and technology related to food and natural resource systems. Working with animals, plants, and products under laboratory conditions allow students to learn through hands-on real-life experience. Agriculture teachers strive to make learning fun and meaningful for each student so they may become successful in school, work, and life. Agriculture teachers are given the opportunity to to make a powerful and positive difference in the lives of their students. 

Salary

Agricultural educators are in high demand. There are more students in agriculture programs than ever before. Expanding agriculture programs are creating an even greater shortage in the supply. Teachers receive excellent benefits and a wonderful retirement program, estimated at 30%. The average starting salary for a first year agriculture teacher in Southern California is $55,000 plus benefits (10/07 R2 data) .  The average salary is $76,261.00 (not including benefits). The top salary for Southern California high school agriculutre teachers is $124,611.00 (not including benefits). 

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How can I become an Ag Teacher?

First, find out if agricultural education is right for you. Research a local agriculture program, volunteer for an agriculture program, or shadow an agriculture teacher for a day. Next, go to school and earn a Bachelors Degree in Agriculture Science. Then apply to Cal Poly Pomona's credential program and take teacher preparation courses. Once these classes are completed begin student teaching at any high school with a recognized agriculture program. You can then obtain a full-time position and enjoy an amazing career that benefits future generations.

Job Titles

Listed below are some of the specific job titles available for graduates in this major:

  • Agricultural Cooperative/Extension Service
  • Agricultural Commissioner
  • Agricultural Commodity Grader/Dairy
  • Agricultural Commodity Grader/Poultry
  • Agricultural Engineer
  • Agricultural Inspector
  • Agricultural Journalist
  • Agricultural Legislative Aide
  • Agricultural Loan Officer
  • Agricultural Products Sales Representative.
  • Agricultural Recruiting Consultant
  • Agriculture Research Scientist
  • Animal Control Officer
  • Animal Geneticist
  • Animal Health Technician
  • Animal Trainer
  • Aquaculture
  • Artificial Insemination Technician
  • Attorney at Law/Agriculture
  • Beef Cattle Association/Bull Test Manager
  • Bloodstock Agent
  • Boarding Stable Manager
  • Breed Association/Performance Programs Personnel
  • Breed Registry Association Field Representative
  • Breeding Farm Manager
  • Clinical Lab. Technologist
  • Commercial Animal Illustrator
  • Computer Programmer and Consultant
  • Dairy Cattle Classifier
  • Dairy Herd Improvement Association
  • Technician
  • Dairy Herd Manager
  • Dairy Market Reporter
  • Dairy Sanitation Inspector Education
  • Embryo Transplant Technician
  • Equine Business Administration
  • Equine Insurance Agent
  • Equine Management Consultant
  • Equine Practitioner
  • Equine Transportation Services
  • Fair Manager
  • Farm and Ranch Real Estate Sales
  • Farm Manager
  • Farrier
  • Federal Meat Grader
  • Feed and Grain Broker and Buyer
  • Feed Distributor
  • Feed Industry Organization Personnel
  • Feed Mill Manager
  • Feed Sales
  • Feedlot Manager
  • Fish and Game Warden
  • Fitting and Showing Services
  • Food Service Specialist
  • Food Technologist
  • Foreign Agricultural Services
  • Freelance Writer
  • Groom
  • Horse Show Judge
  • Horse Show Photographer
  • Horse Trainer
  • Hospital Attendant
  • Humane Society Executive Director
  • Import/Export Worker
  • Industry Organizations/Policy Representative
  • Laboratory Animal Technician
  • Laying Hen Enterprise Manager
  • Livestock Auctioneer
  • Livestock Brand Inspector
  • Livestock Buyer and Broker
  • Livestock Enterprise Management
  • Livestock Judge/Evaluator
  • Livestock Market News Reporter
  • Livestock Officer, Food & Agriculture
  • Organization of the United Nations
  • Livestock Production Operations
  • Livestock Promotional Organization
  • Representative
  • Livestock Technician
  • Livestock Transportation Services
  • Management Consultant
  • Marketing/Sales/Distribution
  • Meat and Poultry Inspector
  • Meat Production Supervisor
  • Meat Cutter
  • Media/Advertising and Public Relations
  • Pedigree Analyst
  • Poultry Association Personnel
  • Pharmaceutical Sales
  • Poultry Fieldman
  • Poultry Management Consultant
  • Poultry Market Reporter
  • Poultry Sales and Distribution
  • Poultry Technician
  • Professional Equestrian
  • Purebred & Commercial Sheep Enterprise Manager
  • Quality Control/Assurance
  • Race Horse Trainer
  • Range Manager
  • Regulation Compliance Officer
  • Rehabilitation Specialist/Equine
  • Research and Development Research Associate
  • Research Dairy Nutritionist Retail/Wholesale District Manager Riding Instructor
  • Sales Manager
  • Serologist/Blood Typing
  • Sheep Shearer
  • Swine Management Services Representative
  • Swine Seed Stock Producer Representative
  • Swine Test Station Manager
  • Technician/Livestock Services & Sales
  • Trade Organization Staff
  • University Professor
  • Veterinarian/Equine
  • Veterinarian/Exotic
  • Veterinarian/Government
  • Veterinarian/Large Animal
  • Veterinarian/Livestock Inspector
  • Veterinarian/Military
  • Veterinarian/Research
  • Veterinarian/Small Animal
  • Veterinarian/Teacher
  • Veterinary Technician
  • Vocational Agricultural Instructor
  • Wildlife Biologist
  • Wildlife Conservation Officer
  • Wool and Mohair Buyer
  • Zoo Curator
  • Zoo Director
  • Zoo Keeper