Agricultural Technician Job Profile And Description

An agricultural technician is an individual working in the field of agribusiness and also for scientist who carry out on research on plants and animals.  They may also work for firms who work into food processing and companies manufacturing agricultural supplies. If an agricultural technician is working for a farm they will have to look after the process of growing and harvesting of crops. Their job also requires them to determine the germination yield of a seed variety. They have to plant and monitor seeds in a test plot. It is the job of an agricultural technician to collect samples from animals as well as crops for the process of conducting experimental tests.

Agricultural Technician Duties And Responsibilities

There are various duties and responsibilities of an agricultural technician, they are as follows:

  • Performing experiments in order to stop spreading of a plant virus
  • Maintaining agricultural facilities and agricultural equipments in order to ensure safety
  • Collecting samples from animals and crops for the purpose of testing
  • Preparing reports and summaries in order to document the results of a research and tests
  • Preparing culture media and making adjustments in the testing equipments
  • May have to till, prune, weed and harvest crops
  • Coming up with methods for the purpose of environmental controls

Agricultural Technician Skills And Specifications

An agricultural technician needs to have number of skills and specifications. They are as follows:

  • Ability to maintain equipments
  • Must be able to identify problems
  • Good research skills
  • Excellent written communication skills

Agricultural Technician Education And Qualification

The education and qualifications required in order to become an agricultural technician are as follows:

  • ¬†High school diploma
  • A two year program in agricultural technology

Agricultural Technician Salary

On an average an experienced agricultural technician earns around $13 per hour. Those only in the field of research earn around $11 per hour.