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Agricultural Engineer

Career Highlights

  • play a very important role in farming
  • build farm tools and machinery
  • use high tech tools for an age old career

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Career Summary

AgricultureAt the beginning of the twentieth century, it took four farmers to grow enough food for ten people. Now one farm can feed a hundred thanks to agricultural engineers. The work of agricultural engineers plays an important part in maintaining the Nationís food supply by ensuring agricultural productivity is safe and steady.

Agricultural engineers have invented machinery that has improved production systems, and found ways to grow healthier and stronger plants. They use science and math to meet agricultural challenges such as study ways to conserve soil and water. Many agricultural engineers are using enzymes to convert fats in foods to healthier substances.

In addition, there are different types of agricultural engineers.

  • Food science: Food scientists and technologists usually work in the food processing industry
  • Plant science: Agronomy, crop science, entomology, and plant breeding are included in plant science.
  • Soil science: Soil scientists study the chemical, physical, biological, and mineralogical composition of soils as they relate to plant or crop growth.
  • Animal science: Animal scientists work to develop better, more efficient ways of producing and processing meat, poultry, eggs, and milk.

Some agricultural engineers come up with farming practices that use soil more efficiently. Others help farmers by designing power systems, tools, and storage space. Still others use genetics to develop stronger, healthier plants. Agricultural engineers help farmers produce safe food more efficiently while protecting the environment and using natural resources wisely. Agricultural engineers use Global Positioning Systems (GPS) to help farmers get the biggest possible crops from their land and water.

Salary

$50000*

Education

Requires a degree in:

  • Environmental Science
  • Agricultural Engineering

Career Skills

  • Technology
  • Agricultural
  • Biology
  • Research
  • Deductive Reasoning
  • Problem Solving

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