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Are you comfortable working on farms and with animals?

Then you should consider a career in Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources.

We only have one planet, with over 7 billion people living here. Everyone needs to eat, and everyone has the right to enjoy the outdoors. Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources focuses on creating sustainable methods to grow and produce food to feed our population while protecting the environment for generations to come.

As our population grows, our farmers and livestock producers are leveraging technology and implementing best practices to produce and grow more food with limited land, grain, water, and energy sources.

There is an increased demand for workers to support the technology, machinery, and power systems that support our ever-growing agribusiness industries.

As we place more demands and stress on our land, forests, and waters, there are new careers in helping monitor, maintaining, and improve our environment so that we don't destroy the only planet we have.

Agribusiness & Food Production Systems
man in field examining plants

Agribusiness today combines different farming methods, varieties in soil and climate, crop rotation, irrigation and fertilization, as well as finance and operations. Food production facilities convert crops into marketable and consumable food for purchase.

Jobs In Demand:
  • Agribusiness Manager
  • Agricultural Operations
  • Farmer
  • Food Scientist
  • Grain Manager
  • Soil and Plant Scientist
Next Ten Years
  • 4.4% Job Growth
  • 1,138 New Job Openings
  • Source: WORKnet Wisconsin
Annual Salary Range
Annual Salary Range
Experience Level Salary Range
Entry-Level

$25,235

Average

$44,315

Experienced

$51,220

Source: WORKnet Wisconsin
Animal Systems
woman in cow barn

Livestock production helps to increase the productivity of producing meat, eggs, and dairy products. With the limited supply of land, grain food, and water, implementing best practices, the latest technology, and conservation has become critical to the future of Animal Systems.

Jobs in Demand:
  • Animal Breeder
  • Dairy Farmer
  • Livestock Production Specialist
  • Rancher
  • Veterinarian
Next Ten Years
  • 2.8% Job Growth
  • 247 New Job Openings
  • Source: WORKnet Wisconsin
Annual Salary Range
Annual Salary Range
Experience Level Salary Range
Entry-Level

$22,720

Average

$37,680

Experienced

$46,645

Source: WORKnet Wisconsin
Plants, Natural Resources, and Environmental Service Systems
woman in greenhouse

A wide spectrum of industries, from agribusiness to construction employ environmental engineers, scientists, and technicians to maintain a balance between industry growth and environmental preservation and sustainability.

Jobs in Demand:
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Forest and Conservation Technician
  • Park Ranger
  • Resource Engineer
  • Zoologist and Wildlife Biologist
Next Ten Years
  • 6.8% Job Growth
  • 1,088 New Job Openings
  • Source: WORKnet Wisconsin
Annual Salary Range
Annual Salary Range
Experience Level Salary Range
Entry-Level

$26,640

Average

$26,640

Experienced

$47,475

Source: WORKnet Wisconsin
Power, Structural, and Technical Systems
farm equipment mechanic

Workers in the Power, Structural, and Technical Systems career pathways keep the farming machines, food production lines, and power systems running. Advancements in agribusiness technology are creating new careers and that require newly learned skill-sets.

Jobs in Demand:
  • Agricultural Engineer
  • Agricultural Equipment Operator
  • Farm Equipment Mechanic
  • Geological and Petroleum Technician
  • Heavy Equipment Mechanic
Next Ten Years
  • 7.7% Job Growth
  • 329 New Job Openings
  • Source: WORKnet Wisconsin
Annual Salary Range
Annual Salary Range
Experience Level Salary Range
Entry-Level

$23,145

Average

$34,120

Experienced

$46,645

Source: WORKnet Wisconsin

Pathway Specfic Courses

Course Number Course Name Department Prerequisite Suggested Grade Level(s)
2014 IB Environmental Systems and Societies Science 11,12
2083 AP Environmental Science Science 10,11,12
1426 Food Science Science 10,11,12
2055 Physics Science 10,11,12
2072 Aquatic Environmental Science Science 10,11,12
2073 Terrestrial Environmental Science Science 10,11,12
2066 Microbiology Science 10,11,12
2076 Zoology Science 10,11,12
1512 Welding Processes Technology and Engineering 9,10,11,12
1547 Metal Fabrication Technology and Engineering 9,10,11,12
1539 Advanced Metal Fabrication Technology and Engineering 10,11,12
1591 Integrated Transportation Systems Technology and Engineering 9,10,11,12
1570 Consumer Auto Service Technology and Engineering 10,11,12
1571 Advanced Auto Technology Technology and Engineering 11,12
1615 Oral/Interpersonal Communication (Language Focus) English 10,11,12
1666 Written Communication (Language Focus) English 10,11,12
1420(S1) / 1423(S2) Work Experience (1 Period) Work-Based Learning/Miscellaneous 11,12
1474(S1) / 1413(S2) Work Experience (2 Periods) Work-Based Learning/Miscellaneous 11,12
1432(S1) / 1414(S2) Work Experience (3 Periods) Work-Based Learning/Miscellaneous 11,12
Youth Apprenticeship Work-Based Learning/Miscellaneous 11,12
1738 Algebra 2 Mathematics 10,11,12
2141 AP Psychology Social Studies 10,11,12
2146 Introduction to Sociology Social Studies 11,12