If you love the idea of working with crops, animals, and resources that contribute to the worldwide food supply, pursuing a career in agriculture could provide you with a rewarding and fulfilling future.

Pathway Description

The Agriculture pathway will give students a broad agriculture knowledge base and entry-level skills in crop production, livestock management, and agribusiness. Students will gain relevant, hands-on experience through a combination of classroom instruction, field trips, and lab experiences. There is a definite need for individuals with this knowledge in the local area, state, and nation since agriculture and agriculture-related careers employ about 25 percent of the labor force in the United States.

Key Competencies

  • Describe career opportunities in the animal industry

  • Describe how animals use nutrients

  • Name and describe the functions of the major animal body systems

  • Explain the importance of livestock nutrition

  • Assess opportunities in exotic animal production

  • Define the agri-food industry

  • Describe the role of science in livestock production

  • Describe food processing and production methods

  • Identify Career paths/occupations in agriculture and related industries

  • Discuss and analyze employment outlook in agriculture and related industries

  • Make informed career decisions

  • Draw a soil map

  • Identify different insecticides and herbicides

  • Identify plant diseases


View the High School Course Guide for an in-depth look at the courses outlined below.

High School Credits:

900L Introduction to AFNR – CASE 2
900M Wildlife Ecology 2
96D0A Survey of the Animal Industry 1
96D1B Career Seminar 1
96D2A Principles of Agronomy 1
96D3B Foods of Animal Origin 1

Total College Credits: 11


Annual National Average Salary for Entry Level Agriculture Worker: $45,000

Career Opportunities

  • Food Scientist and Technologies

  • Veterinarians

  • Farm Labor Contractors

  • Aquacultural Manager

  • Buyer/Purchasing Agent, Farm Products

  • Farm and Ranch Managers

  • Animal Scientist

  • Animal Breeders