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.
- 4-H Youth Development Specialist
- Agricultural Agent
- Agricultural Extension Agent
- Agricultural Extension Educator
- Agriculture Consultant
- Agriculture Extension Specialist
- Cooperative Extension Agent
- County Agent
- County Agricultural Agent
- Set and monitor production targets.
- Provide direct assistance to farmers by performing activities such as purchasing or selling products and supplies, supervising properties, and collecting soil and herbage samples for testing.
- Act as an advocate for farmers or farmers' groups.
- Conduct agricultural research, analyze data, and prepare research reports.
- Collaborate with social service and health care professionals to advise individuals and families on home management practices such as budget planning, meal preparation, and time management.
- Organize, advise, and participate in community activities and organizations such as county and state fair events and 4-H Clubs.
- Schedule and make regular visits to farmers.
- Maintain records of services provided and the effects of advice given.
- Collect and evaluate data to determine community program needs.
- Prepare and distribute leaflets, pamphlets, and visual aids for educational and informational purposes.
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.
People who work in this occupation generally prize Relationships, but also value Independence and Achievement in their jobs.
- 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.
- 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.
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).
In 2012, the average annual wage in Washington was $52,410 with most people making between $32,330 and $76,190
During 2008, this occupation employed approximately 630 people in Washington. It is projected that there will be 750 employed in 2018.
This occupation will have about 13 openings due to growth and about 17 replacement openings for approximately 30 total annual openings.
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onetDietitians and Nutritionists
collegeCalifornia Institute of Technology
collegeCalifornia Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo
collegeTexas Tech University
onetFirst-Line Supervisors of Animal Husbandry and Animal Care Workers
majorChild Care Provider/Assistant
majorFarm/Farm and Ranch Management
collegeEl Camino Community College District