Agricultural Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary

Teach courses in the agricultural sciences. Includes teachers of agronomy, dairy sciences, fisheries management, horticultural sciences, poultry sciences, range management, and agricultural soil conservation. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Median Annual Wage: $86,260

Education: Doctoral degree (60%); Post-doctoral training (25%); Bachelor's degree (6%)

Projected Growth: Average (8% to 14%)

Related Job Titles: Instructor; Professor; Agriculture Professor; Animal Science Professor; Agriculture Instructor; Horticulture Professor; Horticulture Instructor; Extension Specialist; Associate Professor; Plant Science Professor

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Source: O*NET OnLine information for Agricultural Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary.

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  • Prepare and deliver lectures to undergraduate or graduate students on topics such as crop production, plant genetics, and soil chemistry.
  • Evaluate and grade students' class work, laboratory work, assignments, and papers.
  • Supervise undergraduate or graduate teaching, internship, and research work.
  • Prepare course materials such as syllabi, homework assignments, and handouts.
  • Write grant proposals to procure external research funding.
  • Keep abreast of developments in the field by reading current literature, talking with colleagues, and participating in professional conferences.
  • Maintain student attendance records, grades, and other required records.
  • Initiate, facilitate, and moderate classroom discussions.
  • Advise students on academic and vocational curricula and on career issues.
  • Plan, evaluate, and revise curricula, course content, and course materials and methods of instruction.
  • Compile, administer, and grade examinations, or assign this work to others.
  • Supervise laboratory sessions and field work and coordinate laboratory operations.
  • Collaborate with colleagues to address teaching and research issues.
  • Maintain regularly scheduled office hours to advise and assist students.
  • Participate in student recruitment, registration, and placement activities.
  • Select and obtain materials and supplies such as textbooks and laboratory equipment.
  • Provide professional consulting services to government or industry.
  • Serve on academic or administrative committees that deal with institutional policies, departmental matters, and academic issues.
  • Compile bibliographies of specialized materials for outside reading assignments.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Agricultural Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary.

  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Learning Strategies - Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
  • 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.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Agricultural Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary.

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