Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources

This career cluster prepares for careers in planning, implementation, production, management, processing and/or marketing of agriculture commodities and services, distribution, financing, and development of agricultural commodities and resources including food, fiber, wood products, natural resources, horticulture, and other plant and animal products. It also includes related professional, technical and educational services.

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Core skills that are necessary for success in these occupations:

  • Science – Using scientific rules and strategies to solve problems
  • Operation & Control – Using equipment or systems
  • Equipment Maintenance – Planning and doing the basic maintenance on equipment
  • Repairing – Repairing machines or systems using the right tools
  • Equipment Selection – Deciding what kind of tools and equipment are needed to do a job
  • Operation Monitoring – Watching gauges, dials, or display screens to make sure a machine is working
  • Management of Material Resources – Managing equipment and materials
  • Troubleshooting – Figuring out what is causing equipment, machines, wiring, or computer programs to not work
  • Management of Financial Resources – Making spending decisions and keeping track of what is spent
  • Quality Control Analysis – Testing how well a product or service works

Career Pathway

Environmental Service Systems

Natural Resources Systems

Power, Structural & Technical Systems

Agribusiness Systems

Plant Systems

Food Products and Processing Systems

Animal Systems

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