Farm and Home Management Advisors

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About the Job

Advise, instruct, and assist individuals and families engaged in agriculture, agricultural-related processes, or home economics activities. Demonstrate procedures and apply research findings to solve problems; and instruct and train in product development, sales, and the use of machinery and equipment to promote general welfare. Includes county agricultural agents, feed and farm management advisors, home economists, and extension service advisors.

It is also Called

  • 4-H Youth Development Specialist
  • Agent
  • Agricultural Agent
  • Agricultural Extension Agent
  • Agricultural Extension Educator
  • Agriculture Consultant
  • Agriculture Extension Specialist
  • Cooperative Extension Agent
  • County Agent
  • County Agricultural Agent

What They Do

  • Conduct field demonstrations of new products, techniques, or services.
  • Collaborate with producers to diagnose and prevent management and production problems.
  • Conduct classes or deliver lectures on subjects such as nutrition, home management, and farming techniques.
  • Advise farmers and demonstrate techniques in areas such as feeding and health maintenance of livestock, growing and harvesting practices, and financial planning.
  • Research information requested by farmers.
  • Prepare and distribute leaflets, pamphlets, and visual aids for educational and informational purposes.
  • Collect and evaluate data to determine community program needs.
  • Maintain records of services provided and the effects of advice given.
  • Schedule and make regular visits to farmers.
  • Organize, advise, and participate in community activities and organizations such as county and state fair events and 4-H Clubs.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: SRE.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Social interests, but also prefer Realistic and Enterprising environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Relationships, but also value Independence and Achievement in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • Food Production - Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • 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.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Learning Strategies - Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Education Required

Most of these occupations require graduate school. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D. (law degree).

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Wages

In 2013, the average annual wage in United States was $49,010 with most people making between $25,420 and $76,060

Outlook

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During 2010, this occupation employed approximately 13,000 people in United States. It is projected that there will be 15,000 employed in 2020.

This occupation will have about 0 openings due to growth and about 5,000 replacement openings for approximately 5,000 total annual openings.