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Occupational Outlook Handbook 2010-2011 by Editors at JIST, US Department of Labor

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Life Scientists

Agricultural and Food Scientists

(O*NET 19-1011.00, 19-1012.00, and 19-1013.00)

Significant Points
  • Faster-than-average growth is expected as agricultural and food scientists develop new products using biotechnology and work to limit the negative environmental impact of agriculture.
  • A bachelor’s degree in agricultural science is sufficient for most jobs in product development; a master’s or Ph.D. degree is generally required for research positions.
  • Opportunities are expected to be good.
Nature of the Work

The work of agricultural and food scientists plays an important role in maintaining the nation’s food supply by ensuring agricultural productivity and food safety. Agricultural scientists study farm crops and animals and develop ...

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