Career Path Forecast
agricultural and food science technicians is projected to grow by 9
percent from 2008-2018, about as fast as average.
Research in biotechnology
and other areas of agricultural science will increase as it becomes more
important to balance greater agricultural output with protection and
preservation of soil, water, and the ecosystem. In addition, there will
be increased research into the use of agricultural products as energy
sources, also known as biofuels.
In addition to job openings
created by growth, many openings should arise from the need to replace
technicians who retire or leave the labor force for other reasons. Job
opportunities are expected to be best for graduates of applied science
technology programs who are well trained on equipment used in
laboratories or production facilities. As the instrumentation and
techniques used in industrial research, development, and production
become increasingly more complex, employers will seek individuals with
highly developed technical skills.
Note: Some resources in this section are provided by
the US Department
of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.