EXPLORE THE AGRICULTURE INDUSTRY

The Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources Career Cluster prepares learners for careers in
the planning, implementation, production, management, processing, and/or marketing of
agricultural commodities and services, including food, fiber, wood products, natural resources,
horticulture, and other plant and animal products. It also includes related professional,
technical, and educational services.

Top 6 Careers in Demand in Illinois

Farm Workers and Laborers
27%

Minimum Education Requirements: High School Diploma or GED

Average Annual Salary in Illinois: $23,210

nursery workers
27%

Minimum Education Requirements: High School Diploma

Average Annual Salary in Illinois: $27,040

Nursery and greenhouse managers
61%

Minimum Education Requirements: Vocational Schools, On the Job Training, Associates Degree

Average Annual Salary in Illinois: $61,960

farm and ranch manager
61%

Minimum Education Requirements: Four Year Bachelor’s Degree

Average Annual Salary in Illinois: $61,960

Aquacultural Manager
90%

Minimum Education Requirements: Bachelor’s Degree

Average Annual Salary in Illinois: $61,960

animal trainers
70%

Minimum Education Requirements: High School Diploma

Average Annual Salary in Illinois: $26,250

Career Pathways

Agricultural Sales
Agricultural Communications Specialists
Agricultural Educators
Food Scientists
Meat Processors-Toxicologists
Biochemists
Nutritionists-Dieticians
Food Brokers-Food
Inspectors
Meat Cutters
Meat Graders
Meat Science Researchers
Food Meal Supervisors
Cheese Makers
Microbiologists
Produce Buyers
Bacteriologists
Food & Drug Inspectors
Bioengineers
Biochemists
Food & Fiber Engineers
Food Processors
Storage Supervisors
Fieldman
Quality Control Specialists

Pollution Prevention and
Control Managers

Pollution Prevention and Control Technicians

Environmental Sampling and Analysis
Scientists/Technicians

Health and Safety Sanitarians
Environmental
Compliance Assurance Managers


Hazardous Materials Handlers

Hazardous Materials Technicians/Managers

Water Environment Managers


Water Quality
Managers
Waste Water
Managers
Toxicologists

Solid Waste Disposers/
Recyclers
Solid Waste
Technician
Solid Waste
Managers
Solid Waste
Specialists
Agricultural
Educator

Agricultural Educators
Livestock producers
AI Technicians-Aquaculturalists
Animal Caretakers-Poultry Managers
Equine Managers-Veterinarians
Veterinary Assistants
Feedlot Specialists
Animal Scientists
Embryo Technologists
Livestock Buyers
Feed Sales Representatives
Vivarian Technicians
Wildlife Biologists
Livestock Geneticists
Animal Nutritionists
Dairy Producers
Livestock Inspectors
Feed Sales Specialists
Animal Health Salespersons
Meat Science Researcher
Reproductive Physiologists
Embryo Transfer Technicians
Pet Shop Operators
USDA Inspectors

Machine Operators
Electronics Systems Technicians
Agricultural Engineers
Agricultural Extension Engineering Specialists
Heavy Equipment Maintenance Technicians
Recycling Technicians
Waste Water Treatment Plant Operators
Equipment/Parts Managers
Welders
Machinists
Communication Technicians
Agricultural Applications Software
Developers/Programmers
Database Administrators
Computer Service
Technical Support
Technicians
Information Lab Specialists
GPS Technicians
Remote Sensing Specialist
Agricultural Educator

Cartographers
Wildlife Managers
Range Technicians
Ecologists Park Mangers
Environmental Interpreters
Fish and Game Officers
Loggers
Forest Technicians
Log Graders
Pulp and Paper Manager Soil
Geology Technician
Geologists
Mining Engineers
Fisheries Technicians
Water Monitoring Technician
Hydrologists
Fish Hatchery Manager
Commercial Fishermen
Fishing Vessel Operators
Vessel Crew
Agricultural Educator

Bioinformatics Specialists
Plant Breeders and Geneticists
Biotechnology Lab Technician
Soil & Water Specialists
Crop Farm Managers
Agricultural Educators
Plant Pathologists
Aquaculturalists
Sales Representatives
Botanists
Tree Surgeons
Education & Extension Specialists
Agricultural Journalists
Commodity Marketing Specialists
Grain Operations
Superintendents
Custom Hay/Silage Operators
Forest Geneticists
Golf Course Superintendents
Greenhouse Mangers
Growers
Farmers
Ranchers

Salesperson
Sales Manager
Banker/Loan Officer
Field Representative for Bank,Insurance Company or Government Program
Farm Investment Manager
Agricultural Commodity Broker
Agricultural Economist
Farmer /Rancher/Feedlot Operator
Farm Manager
Livestock Rancher/Breeder
Dairy Herd Supervisor (DHIA)
Agricultural Products Buyer
Animal Health Products Distributor
Livestock Seller
Feed and Supply Store Manager
Produce Commission Agent
Ag Lenders
Agricultural Chemical Dealer
Field Service Representative
Chemical Sales Representative
Agricultural Educator

District Specific Pathways

Pathway Courses:


Year 1 – Intro to Agriculture, Food, & Natural Resources
Year 2 – Agricultural Science BSAA 1 & 2
Year 3 – Agribusiness Management Veterinary Science or Ag Mechanics
Year 4 – Agricultural Mechanical Technology or Agribusiness Management


*Related Electives: Biological Science Applications in Plant Science & Animal Science, Veterinary Science,
Biological Engineering, AP Stats, Intro to Oral Communication/Advanced Speech, Entrepreneurship/Internship

School Related Activities: Athletics, Bass Fishing Club, FFA, FCCLA, Speech Team


College Majors: Animal Health & Nutrition, Agricultural Animal Services, Equestrian Studies, Dairy Science,
Animal Sciences


Certifications Heartland: Veterinary Assistant

Course Offerings:

Core Curriculum, Intro to Agriculture, Ag Business Management (dual credit course), Biological Science Applications in Ag, Physical Science Applications in Ag, Horticulture (dual credit course), Environmental Science, Supervised Agricultural Experience, STEM, Intro to Business, Economics, Career Seminar, Senior Internship,

Other Opportunities: 

FFA Involvement

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