Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources

Think about life without agriculture, food and natural resources. What would we eat? Who would create and maintain the parks that help us relax and enjoy nature? How would we know whether our drinking water is safe? This industry has a huge impact on our daily lives

The Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources cluster contains occupations that require all levels of training. Nonfarm animal caretaker and refuse and recyclable materials collector positions are among the fastest-growing occupations that require the least training in this cluster. Jobs that usually require associate and bachelor鈥檚 degrees such as environmental science and protection technicians, environmental engineers, and natural science managers are also projected to increase. Employers who often hire workers in this cluster include farmers; federal, state, and local governments; pest control businesses; and landscaping companies.

The following Core Skills are necessary for success in occupations included in the Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Career Cluster.

聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Science聽- Using scientific rules and strategies to solve problems

聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Operation & Control聽- Using equipment or systems

聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Equipment Maintenance聽- Planning and doing the basic maintenance on equipment

聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Repairing聽- Repairing machines or systems using the right tools

聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Equipment Selection聽- Deciding what kind of tools and equipment are needed to do a job

聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Operation Monitoring聽- Watching gauges, dials, or display screens to make sure a machine is working

聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Management of Material Resources聽- Managing equipment and materials

聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Troubleshooting聽- Figuring out what is causing equipment, machines, wiring, or computer programs to not work

聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Management of Financial Resources聽- Making spending decisions and keeping track of what is spent

聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Quality Control Analysis聽- Testing how well a product or service works