More than 200 different agricultural-related careers exist, and as diversified agriculture, research, and technology expand, so do new opportunities. Ag careers roughly fall into four categories. Agricultural education for many of these careers can often be found within the State of Hawaii. Visit University of Hawaii College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources for more information.
Focus: Economical solutions through cost-effective, commercial applications.
Education needed: A college degree in science, mathematics, or computer programming is helpful.
Agricultural and food science:
Focus: Development of sustainable growing practices, environmental solutions, improved delivery and safety, marketability, education, and a dynamic inventory of value-added products.
Education needed: Postgraduate knowledge may be preferred.
Focus: New findings about conventional agriculture, biotechnology, hydroponics, and aquaculture.
Education needed: A college degree and post-graduate knowledge may be preferred.
(Source: Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services)
Crop and soil management:
Culinary and Agriculture tourism:
Instruction and teaching
Food and science writing
Marketing and organizational communications
Research, operations, and development:
Food process engineering