ACTE Techniques April 2012 : Page 58

C AREER C UR VE Agricultural Manager PHOTO COURTESY OF YAVAPAI COLLEGE Job Outlook The Occupational Outlook Handbook notes that overall employment in agriculture is projected to decline due to the decrease in self-employed farmers that is occurring as a result of the consolidation of farms and increased productivity. However, employment of agricultural managers is projected to grow, as owners of large tracts of land will increasingly seek the expertise of agricultural managers to operate their farms. Explore More For more information about the career of agricultural manager and the education and training it requires, here are some places to turn. American Association for Agricultural Education National Association of Agricultural Educators National Association of Supervisors of Agricultural Education National Farm and Ranch Business Management Education Association National FFA Organization National Postsecondary Agricultural Student Organization National Resource Center for Agriscience and Technology Education National Young Farmer Educational Association Team Ag Ed Aquaculture and fisheries management are taught in the award-winning facility of yavapai College in Arizona. AGRICULtURAL MANAGERS IN tHE UNItED StAtES direct the activities Educational requirements According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the completion of a two-year associate degree or a four-year bachelor’s degree is becoming more important for agricultural managers, due to the increasingly complex scientific, business and financial decisions required in modern agriculture. of one of the world’s largest and most productive agricultural sectors, notes the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, since they produce enough food and fiber to meet the demands of our own country as well as for export to other countries. Agricultural managers hire, assign and supervise the employees who perform the daily tasks of caring for crops and livestock. They may monitor production, finances, marketing, transportation, storage and maintenance of equipment. Earnings According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook , full-time, salaried agricultural managers had median weekly earnings of $775 in 2008, with the middle half earning between $570 and $1,269 per week, and the highest paid 10 percent earning more than $1,735 per week. The Workplace Agricultural managers may be employed on farms, ranches, nurseries, greenhouses, timber tracts, and other agricultural establishments. 58 Techniques April 2012

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