Agricultural Engineers

General Information

Description

Apply knowledge of engineering technology and biological science to agricultural problems concerned with power and machinery, electrification, structures, soil and water conservation, and processing of agricultural products.

Business Breakdown

People in this career work in these sectors.

  1. Private, for profit76.26%
  2. Private, not for profit10.51%
  3. Federal government5.51%
  4. Self-employed4.30%
  5. State and local government3.43%

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Industry areas

  • Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)
  • Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools
  • Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services

Job Outlook

Employment of agricultural engineers is projected to grow 8 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations. The need to increase the efficiency of agricultural production systems and to reduce environmental damage should maintain demand for these workers. Agricultural engineers have been expanding the range of projects they work on. Some of these new project areas that will drive demand for this occupation are alternative energies and biofuels; precision and automated farming technologies for irrigation, spraying, and harvesting; and, even more cutting edge, how to grow food in space to support future exploration. New, more efficient designs for traditional agricultural engineering projects such as irrigation, storage, and worker safety systems will also maintain demand for these workers. Growing populations and stronger global competition will continue to pressure farmers to find more efficient means of production, and toward this end, they will need agricultural engineers.

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Salary

Average Salary

Salary

$75,660

State-by-state Salary

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$108,250
$51,800
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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Bachelor's degree 69%
  • Master's degree 11%
  • Post baccalaureate 11%
  • Doctoral degree 7%
  • High school 0%
  • Some college 0%
  • Associate's degree 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%
  • Post-secondary certificate 0%

Related College Majors

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Knowledge

  • Engineering and Technology
  • Mathematics
  • Design
  • Physics
  • Computers and Electronics

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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