Food / Agricultural Technician
What Does a Professional in this Career Do?
Assists agricultural and food scientists with research and testing related to safety and quality control. May focus on testing and lab analysis for animal crops and animal feed, or focus on testing and lab analysis for food, food crops, processed food, food additives and food containers.
There were 195 Food / Agricultural Technician job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 7098 in the United States.
In combination with other careers in the Food / Agricultural Technician industry, which includes the Food / Agricultural Technician career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2012:
Many new Food / Agricultural Technician jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.
The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $40,883.
The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $42,704.
Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Food / Agricultural Technician postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $33,372.
Education and Experience
Posted Food / Agricultural Technician jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.
Posted Food / Agricultural Technician jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.
|Years of Experience||Percentage|
|0 to 2 years||77%|
|3 to 5 years||19%|
|6 to 8 years||3%|
Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Food / Agricultural Technician positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.
A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.
- Communication Skills (24%)
- Physical Abilities (17%)
- Teamwork / Collaboration (15%)
- Detail-Oriented (12%)
- Computer Literacy (11%)
A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.
- Crop Production (23%)
- Fertilizers (21%)
- Food Safety (7%)
A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.
- Repair (13%)
- Agribusiness (11%)
- Product Delivery (8%)
- Forklift Operation (8%)
- Lifting Ability (7%)
A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.
- Agronomy (7%)
Salary Boosting Skills
A professional who wishes to excel in this career path may consider developing the following highly valued skills. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is listed along with the marginal value: the average salary difference between postings that request that skill and those that do not.
- Agribusiness (11%) – marginal value $4,376
Alternative Job Titles
Sometimes employers post jobs with Food / Agricultural Technician skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:
- Custom Applicator
- Eyelash Extension Technician
- Pest Management - Benefits
- Spray Driver/Custom Applicator
- Fertilizer Technician
If you are interested in exploring occupations with similar skills, you may want to research the following job titles. Note that we only list occupations that have at least one corresponding NC State Online and Distance Education program.
- Farm / Ranch Manager
- Food and Agricultural Scientist / Technologist
- Research Technician
- Soil / Plant Scientist
- Farm / Nursery / Greenhouse Worker
- Nursery / Greenhouse Manager
Here are the employers that have posted the most Food / Agricultural Technician jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.
- Nutrien Ag Solutions (387)
- Nutrien Ltd (355)
- CHS Incorporated (340)
- Agrible (272)
- Nutrien Ag Solutions, Inc (208)
- Go Forth Pest Control (10)
- Sustainable Pest Systems, Inc Usa (10)
- North Carolina State University (10)
- Nutrien Ltd (9)
- ServiceMaster (7)
NC State Programs Relevant to this Career
If you are interested in preparing for a career in this field, the following NC State Online and Distance Education programs offer a great place to start!
- Agricultural Science Undergraduate Degrees
- Agriculture Data Science Graduate Certificates
- Animal Nutrition Undergraduate Certificates
- Crop Science Undergraduate Certificates
- Feed Milling Undergraduate Certificates
- Food Safety & Quality Management Undergraduate Certificates
- General Horticulture Undergraduate Certificates
- Horticultural Science Graduate Certificates
- Horticultural Science Master's Degrees
- Plant Pests, Pathogens and People Undergraduate Certificates
- Soil Science Master's Degrees