Agricultural and food science technicians

Detailed Occupation

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2020 Workforce
38.3k
Average Age
40
Average Salary
$48,211
Average Male Salary
$52,194
Average Female Salary
$42,070

About

Agricultural and food science technicians are most often employed by the Dairy product manufacturing industry. The average yearly wage for Agricultural and food science technicians was $48,211 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Agricultural and food science technicians by wage are Tire builders, Automotive body & related repairers, and Communications equipment operators, all other.

The top 3 locations that employ the most Agricultural and food science technicians are Madison City (Central) PUMA, WI, Washington County PUMA, AR, and Fond du Lac & Calumet Counties PUMA, WI. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Agricultural and food science technicians are Madison City (Central) PUMA, WI, Webster, Hardin, Hamilton, Butler, Wright, Grundy, Franklin & Humboldt Counties PUMA, IA, and Sheridan, Park, Teton, Lincoln & Big Horn Counties PUMA, WY.

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Agricultural and food science technicians and on wages and locations for those in the field. Dairy product manufacturing is the industry that employs the most Agricultural and food science technicians, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Agricultural and food science technicians, by average wage, is Agricultural chemical manufacturing. Agricultural and food science technicians are paid most in Hunterdon County PUMA, NJ but are relatively concentrated in Madison City (Central) PUMA, WI.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$48,211
AVERAGE SALARY
± $3,844

In 2020, Agricultural and food science technicians earned an average of $48,211, $7,742 less than than the average national salary of $55,954.

Communications equipment operators, all other make somewhat more than Agricultural and food science technicians while Tire builders make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Agricultural and food science technicians as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.322
WAGE GINI

In 2019, Agricultural and food science technicians had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.322, which is lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Agricultural and food science technicians (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Agricultural and food science technicians.

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Spatial Concentration

PUMAs with a Relatively High Concentration of Agricultural and food science technicians

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Agricultural and food science technicians.

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Industries

Highest Paying

The highest paying industries for Agricultural and food science technicians, by average wage, are Agricultural chemical manufacturing, National security & international affairs, and Farm product raw material merchant wholesalers.

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Industries by Share

38.3k
2020 Workforce
± 4,802
−1.68%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 18%

The number of people employed as Agricultural and food science technicians has been declining at a rate of −1.68%, from 38,922 people in 2019 to 38,268 people in 2020.

This graphic shows the share of Agricultural and food science technicians employed by various industries. Dairy product manufacturing employs the largest share of Agricultural and food science technicians at  10.8%, followed by Pharmaceutical & medicine manufacturing with 10.8% and Farming with 7.87%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Agricultural and food science technicians in the US. The average age of male Agricultural and food science technicians in the workforce is 40.3 and of female Agricultural and food science technicians is 39.5, and the most common race/ethnicity for Agricultural and food science technicians is White (Non-Hispanic).

Composition by Sex

23.2k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 3,740
15.1k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 3,012

60.7% of Agricultural and food science technicians are Male, making them the more common sex in the occupation. This chart shows the sex breakdown of Agricultural and food science technicians.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Agricultural and food science technicians
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
  2. Black (Non-Hispanic)
  3. White (Hispanic)

65.8% of Agricultural and food science technicians are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 9.89% of Agricultural and food science technicians, Black (Non-Hispanic) is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Agricultural and food science technicians.

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Age by Sex

40.3
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 2.26
39.5
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 2.86

The median age of Agricultural and food science technicians is 40, and Male employees are generally 0.766 years older than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Agricultural and food science technicians from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Agricultural and food science technicians is Biology but a relatively high number of Agricultural and food science technicians hold a major in Agriculture.

Majors

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