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Agricultural Engineer

Career Overview

Agricultural engineers attempt to solve agricultural problems concerning power supplies, the efficiency of machinery, the use of structures and facilities, pollution and environmental issues, and the storage and processing of agricultural products.

Education

Entry-level jobs in agricultural engineering require a bachelor’s degree. Bachelor’s degree programs in agricultural engineering or biological engineering typically include significant hands-on components in areas such as science, math, and engineering principles.

Salary Expectations

Low End:
Median:
High End:
$46,500 /yr
$77,110 /yr
$116,850 /yr

Recommended Courses

  • Business
  • Environmental science
  • Math - as much as possible, including calculus!
  • Science - as much as possible, including chemistry, biology, and physics!
  • Economics
Work Environment

Agricultural engineers work mostly in offices, but may spend time traveling to agricultural settings. Agricultural engineers typically work full time.

Future 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.

References
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook