AGRICULTURAL ENGINEERS apply engineering technology and principles, and biological science to problems in agriculture. They develop ways to conserve soils and water to improve the processing of agricultural products. They design and develop agricultural machinery and equipment, agricultural structures, animal production and waste management systems, and drainage and irrigation systems, to name a few. They manage the design, production, testing, and application of these systems. Agricultural engineers work in research and development, production, sales, or management.
Salary, Size & Growth
- $76,500 average per year ($36.75 per hour)
- A small occupation (2,500 workers in 2010)
- Expected to grow moderately (1.2% per year)
A bachelor's degree in engineering from an accredited engineering program is usually required for beginning AGRICULTURAL ENGINEER positions. Graduate training is essential for engineering faculty positions. Many engineers obtain a master's degree to learn new technology, to broaden their education, and to enhance promotion opportunities. State licensing may be required for agricultural engineers. Requirements include a degree from an accredited engineering program, 4 years of relevant work experience, and a passing grade on 2 national examinations.