Career Opportunities in Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources

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  • Copyright: 2010-11-30
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Whether you're a student or a professional ready for a career change, you'll find in this invaluable book everything you need to know to start an exciting career or change the direction of your current career in agriculture, food, and natural resources.

Author Biography

Susan Echaore-McDavid has more than 28 years of publishing experience. She is the author, coauthor, or editor of more than 50 books, on job and reading skills, English, math, science, and home economics. She has worked with young people between the ages of 13 and 24 as a teacher, counselor, and community work-experience program administrator. She is the author of Career Opportunities in Law and the Legal Industry, Second Edition; Career Opportunities in Law Enforcement, Security, and Protective Services, Second Edition; Career Opportunities in Law Enforcement, Security, and Protective Services, Second Edition; and Career Opportunities in Science, Second Edition, all for Ferguson's. Richard A. McDavid is the coauthor, with Susan Echaore-McDavid, of Career Opportunities in Engineering, Career Opportunities in Transportation, and Career Opportunities in Forensic Science, all for Ferguson's. He holds a B.A. in history from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. v
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
How to Use This Bookp. xiii
Farmerp. 2
Organic Farmerp. 5
Crop Farmerp. 8
Horticultural Growerp. 11
Livestock Rancherp. 14
Dairy Farmerp. 17
Poultry Farmerp. 20
Market Gardenerp. 22
Farming-Support Staff
Farm Managerp. 26
Beef Cattle Managerp. 28
Vineyard Managerp. 30
Nursery Managerp. 32
Farmworkerp. 34
Farm Equipment Operatorp. 36
Cowboyp. 38
Nursery Workerp. 40
Aquaculture and Commercial Fishing
Commercial Fishermanp. 44
Fish Farmerp. 47
Hatchery Managerp. 49
Fishery Biologistp. 51
Aquaculture Technicianp. 54
Forest Production and Management
Foresterp. 58
Silviculturistp. 61
Forestry Technicianp. 63
Forest Rangerp. 66
Wildland Firefighterp. 69
Forest Engineerp. 72
Loggerp. 75
Agronomistp. 78
Plant Scientistp. 81
Animal Scientistp. 84
Horticultural Scientistp. 87
Entomologistp. 90
Geneticistp. 93
Agricultural Engineerp. 96
Research Associatep. 99
Agricultural Technicianp. 101
Agriculture Research Service (ARS) Research Scientistp. 104
Extension Specialistp. 107
Agricultural Services
Agricultural Consultantp. 112
Agricultural Inspectorp. 115
Agricultural Pilotp. 117
Farmers' Market Managerp. 119
Grain Elevator Managerp. 122
Farm Labor Contractorp. 124
Auctioneerp. 126
Farm Equipment Mechanicp. 129
Agricultural Economistp. 132
Buyerp. 134
Commodity Brokerp. 136
Loan Officerp. 139
Marketing Specialistp. 142
Rural Appraiserp. 145
Sales Representativep. 148
Food and Beverage Industries
Bakerp. 152
Meat Cutterp. 155
Winemakerp. 158
Food Technologistp. 161
Flavor Chemistp. 164
Research Chefp. 166
Food Process Engineerp. 169
Food Microbiologistp. 172
Quality Assurance Specialistp. 174
Food Inspectorp. 176
Food Broker Representativep. 179
Floral, Gardening, and Landscaping Services
Floral Designerp. 184
Interior Plant Technicianp. 186
Gardenerp. 188
Arboristp. 191
Golf Course Superintendentp. 194
Groundskeeperp. 197
Landscape Architectp. 200
Landscape Contractorp. 203
Pest Control Technicianp. 206
Pet and Animal Services
Pet Business Ownerp. 210
Animal Trainerp. 213
Animal Behavioristp. 216
Animal Caretakerp. 219
Animal Control Officerp. 222
Veterinary Medicine
Veterinarianp. 226
Veterinary Pathologistp. 230
Veterinary Technicianp. 233
Natural Resources Management and Conservation
Soil Conservationistp. 238
Range Managerp. 241
Wetland Scientistp. 244
Environmental Toxicologistp. 247
Natural Resources Technicianp. 250
Conservation Officerp. 253
Wildlife Rehabilitatorp. 256
Travel, Tourism, and Recreation
Agritourism Operatorp. 260
Ecotour Operatorp. 262
Park Naturalistp. 265
Outdoor Guidep. 268
Education and Communications
Agriculture Teacherp. 272
Professorp. 276
Extension Agentp. 279
4-H Agentp. 282
Agricultural Journalistp. 285
Communications Specialistp. 288
Education and Training Resources on the Internetp. 292
Professional Unions and Associationsp. 296
U.S. Departments and Agencies on the Internetp. 309
Resources on the World Wide Webp. 311
Glossaryp. 322
Bibliographyp. 326
Indexp. 333
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A comprehensive guide to more than 80 jobs in agriculture and agricultural-related fields.Agriculture is much more than the production, marketing, and distribution of food. People involved in the agricultural industry also work to produce raw materials for clothing, shelter, energy, and medicine, as well as to provide opportunities for recreation. Farms and ranches are only two types of places where agricultural production occurs. Dairies, fish hatcheries, nurseries, greenhouse facilities, forests, and rangelands are also areas where plants and animals are raised for food and other agricultural products.Career Opportunities in Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources describes more than 80 jobs in agriculture and agricultural-related fields, including farming, aquaculture and commercial fishing, forest production and management, agriscience, agricultural services, food and beverage, pet and animal services, veterinary medicine, and education and communications. Appendixes in this comprehensive new resource include Education and Training Resources on the Internet, Professional Unions and Associations, U.S. Departments and Agencies on the Internet, and Resources on the World Wide Web.Career profiles include:Agricultural inspectorAnimal scientistAquaculture technicianDairy farmerFarm managerFloral designerFood technologistForest rangerLivestock rancherOrganic farmerVeterinarianVineyard manager.

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