Agricultural arts studies can allow students to choose a few different careers in agriculture, including becoming agricultural inspectors or educators. Both professions typically require some type of licensing, although educators, depending on their school, may not need to be licensed teachers.
Those looking to work as agricultural inspectors can expect to do a wide variety of different tasks, such as overseeing fishing and logging operations and inspecting agricultural products. To work as one of these inspectors, students must have a degree in animal science, plant biology or a related field of study. A degree in agricultural arts also lets students work as an agricultural educator. Students must get their license in order to teach, which usually requires a 4-year bachelor's degree. Master programs for this career are available online - letting students learn at their own pace.
|Career||Agricultural Inspector||Technical Education Teacher|
|Education Requirements||Bachelor's degree||Bachelor's degree|
|Other Requirements||Previous work experience preferred||Licensure or certification sometimes required|
|Job Growth (2012-2014)*||-1%||4%|
|Mean Salary (2015)*||$43,810||$58,170|
Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Those looking to major in agricultural arts get to manage many different things in regards to nature and the environment. Below are descriptions and overviews of possible career choices for agricultural arts majors.
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Agricultural inspectors are usually hired by federal and state government organizations and are responsible for examining fishing and logging operations, agricultural products and food-processing equipment. Their job is to be sure that industries are complying with laws and regulations that govern safety, food quality and public health.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture and many states require that inspectors be licensed. Applicants must pass a written test and demonstrate knowledge of proper sanitation and safety procedures. According to the BLS, the mean annual salary for agricultural inspectors was $43,810 in May 2015. Employment for agricultural inspectors was projected to decline by 1% during the 2014-2024 decade, according to the BLS.
People who enjoy working with teenagers and have a background in raising plants or animals may wish to become agriculture teachers. They are responsible for instructing middle and high school students in subjects that will prepare them for post-secondary studies in the field, or for entry into the agricultural work force.
Many agriculture instructors decide to pursue a master's degree after they begin teaching, but this is not usually required. Many universities provide master's degree classes during the summers or online so that teachers can further their education while they are working full-time. While there are no specific salary statistics available for those who teach agriculture classes in secondary schools, the mean annual salary for secondary-school career and technical education teachers was $58,170 in May 2015, according to the BLS.
The BLS reported that employment of career and technical education teachers in secondary schools was expected to increase by 4% from 2014 to 2024. This slower-than-average job growth projection is based on the trend toward focusing on traditional academics rather than on career and technical courses.
Agricultural inspectors inspect agricultural-based operations and processes and food-processing equipment to check for compliance with laws and regulations. Agricultural educators work with young adults to prepare them for post-secondary studies in agriculture. Most educators need a teaching license in order to teach and agricultural inspectors must be licensed in order to work.