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Agricultural Engineering

Agricultural engineers design new and improved farming equipment that may work more efficiently, or perform new tasks.

Agriculural Engineering

EducationBachelor's degree, preferably in agricultural or biological engineering.Participating in a cooperative program to gain practical experience while in college is highly recommended.

SalaryAn average of $74,000 per year, or $35.58 per hour.

Job ResponsibilitiesWhile agricultural engineers may develop specialties, most are involved in certain core activities. Most proffessionals design and test agricultural machinery,equipment, and parts. They may also design food storage structures, food processing plants, housing, and environments for livestock.

working conditionsAgricultural engineers work both indoors and outdoors. They spend time in offices creating plans and managing projects, and in agricultural settings inspecting sites, monitoring equipment, and overseeing reclamation and water management projects. These positions may involve a significant amount of travel. These engineers may also work in laboratories and classrooms. They may collaborate with others to plan and solve problems.

Demand for the FutureEmployment of agricultural engineers is projected to grow 5% from 2012-2022, which is lower than the average for all occupations. Much of this growth will involve high-tech applications to agricultural products, water resource managment, and alternative energies.


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