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Agriculture, Food, Natural Resources

Which pathways are offered?

  • Agribusiness—This pathway prepares students to coordinate activities that contribute to the production, processing, marketing, distribution, financing, and development of agricultural commodities and resources. This includes food, fiber, wood products, natural resources, horticulture, and other plant and animal products and services.  
  • Animal Science—This pathway prepares students to apply knowledge of the production and processing of agricultural commodities, animal products, and agricultural and animal resources.
  • Food Science—This pathway prepares students to discover new food sources, analyze food content, and develop ways to process, preserve, package, or store food according to industry and government regulations.

What types of jobs can my student learn about and prepare for?*

Some of the jobs include:

  • Farmer
  • Rancher
  • Water Quality Manager
  • Environmental Science and Protection Technician
  • Agricultural Inspector
  • Food Buyer
  • Agricultural and Food Scientist

What is the salary outlook?*

Salaries vary depending on the job title, but approximate sample salaries include:

  • Farmers and Ranchers—$67,950/year
  • Environmental Science and Protection Technician—$46,170/year
  • Agricultural and Food Scientist—$64,020/year

*Some of these jobs require additional education and certifications once a student graduates from high school. Salaries vary depending on the job title, experience, and location. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook. Website last modified date: Friday, April 12, 2019.

Which industry-recognized, in-demand certifications and exams can my student prepare for?

  • ServSafe Food Handler Certification
  • Commercial Pesticide Applicator (Office of Indiana State Chemist)
  • Indiana Nursery and Landscape Association Passport to Industry Certified Softscape