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Agricultural Technicians

Work with agricultural scientists in plant, fiber, and animal research, or assist with animal breeding and nutrition. Set up or maintain laboratory equipment and collect samples from crops or animals. Prepare specimens or record data to assist scientists in biology or related life science experiments. Conduct tests and experiments to improve yield and quality of crops or to increase the resistance of plants and animals to disease or insects.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Record data pertaining to experimentation, research, or animal care.
    • Measure or weigh ingredients used in laboratory testing.
    • Prepare data summaries, reports, or analyses that include results, charts, or graphs to document research findings and results.
    • Perform crop production duties, such as tilling, hoeing, pruning, weeding, or harvesting crops.
    • Set up laboratory or field equipment as required for site testing.
    • Prepare laboratory samples for analysis, following proper protocols to ensure that they will be stored, prepared, and disposed of efficiently and effectively.
    • Examine animals or crop specimens to determine the presence of diseases or other problems.
    • Collect animal or crop samples.
    • Supervise pest or weed control operations, including locating and identifying pests or weeds, selecting chemicals and application methods, or scheduling application.
    • Record environmental data from field samples of soil, air, water, or pests to monitor the effectiveness of integrated pest management (IPM) practices.
    • Supervise or train agricultural technicians or farm laborers.
    • Conduct studies of nitrogen or alternative fertilizer application methods, quantities, or timing to ensure satisfaction of crop needs and minimization of leaching, runoff, or denitrification.
    • Conduct insect or plant disease surveys.
    • Maintain or repair agricultural facilities, equipment, or tools to ensure operational readiness, safety, and cleanliness.
    • Prepare land for cultivated crops, orchards, or vineyards by plowing, discing, leveling, or contouring.
    • Operate farm machinery, including tractors, plows, mowers, combines, balers, sprayers, earthmoving equipment, or trucks.
    • Perform laboratory or field testing, using spectrometers, nitrogen determination apparatus, air samplers, centrifuges, or potential hydrogen (pH) meters to perform tests.
    • Perform tests on seeds to evaluate seed viability.
    • Perform general nursery duties, such as propagating standard varieties of plant materials, collecting and germinating seeds, maintaining cuttings of plants, or controlling environmental conditions.
    • Devise cultural methods or environmental controls for plants for which guidelines are sketchy or nonexistent.
    • Respond to general inquiries or requests from the public.
    • Prepare culture media, following standard procedures.
    • Prepare or present agricultural demonstrations.
    • Transplant trees, vegetables, or horticultural plants.
    • Determine the germination rates of seeds planted in specified areas.
    • Assess comparative soil erosion from various planting or tillage systems, such as conservation tillage with mulch or ridge till systems, no-till systems, or conventional tillage systems with or without moldboard plows.

    Skills

    • Reading Comprehension

      Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work-related documents.

    • 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.

    • Complex Problem Solving

      Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
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    Workplace Documents
    N/A
    Graphic Literacy
    N/A

    Abilities

    • Near Vision

      The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

    • Written Comprehension

      The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

    • Oral Comprehension

      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    Knowledge

    • Mathematics

      Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

    • Biology

      Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.

    • Chemistry

      Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 44100/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 21.2/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed Not Available
    • Yearly Projected Openings Not Available

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    Personality

    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.They do well at jobs that need:
    • Attention to Detail
    • Integrity
    • Dependability
    • Analytical Thinking
    • Achievement/Effort
    • Concern for Others

    Tools

    • Fog or mist generators
    • Fertilizer spreaders or distributors
    • Cultivators
    • Bench scales
    • Animal husbandry equipment

    Technology

    • Word processing software
    • Spreadsheet software
    • Electronic mail software
    • Data base user interface and query software
    • Analytical or scientific software
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