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Agricultural Technicians

ANZSCO ID 3111

Overview

All Agricultural Technicians

  • $1,441 Weekly Pay
  • Decline Future Growth
  • 3,400 workers Employment Size
  • High skill Skill level rating
  • 80% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 42 hours Average full-time
  • 40 years Average age
  • 37% female Gender Share

Agricultural Technicians perform tests and experiments, and provide technical support to assist Agricultural Scientists in areas such as research, production, servicing and marketing.

Also known as: Agricultural Technical Officer.

Specialisations: Agriculture Laboratory Technician, Artificial Insemination Technical Officer, Dairy Technician, Field Crop Technical Officer, Herd Tester, Horticultural Technical Officer.

You usually need a formal qualification in agricultural science or technology to work as an Agricultural Technician. Vocational Education and Training (VET) and university are both common study pathways.

Tasks
  • examining topographical, physical and soil characteristics of farmland to determine its most effective use and identify nutrient deficiencies
  • assisting in developing new methods of planting, fertilising, harvesting and processing crops to achieve optimum land usage
  • identifying pathogenic micro-organisms and insects, parasites, fungi and weeds harmful to crops and livestock, and assisting in devising methods of control
  • analysing produce to set and maintain standards of quality
  • inspecting livestock to gauge the effectiveness of feed formulae
  • assisting in controlled breeding experiments to develop improved crop and livestock strains
  • arranging the supply of drugs, vaccines and other chemicals to Farmers and Farm Managers, and giving advice on their use
  • collecting and collating data for research
  • planning slaughtering, harvesting and other aspects of production processes
  • may advise producers on farming techniques and management

Prospects

Pathways

You usually need a formal qualification in agricultural science or technology to work as an Agricultural Technician. Vocational Education and Training (VET) and university are both common study pathways.

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need. Visit

  • Course Seeker to search and compare higher education courses.
  • ComparED to compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes.
  • My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.
  • AAPathways website to explore Agriculture, Horticulture and Conservation & Land Management VET training pathways.

Skills & Knowledge

Employers look for Agricultural Technicians who have strong interpersonal skills, are flexible and can provide good customer service.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Biology

    68% Skill level

    Plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, how they rely on and work with each other and the environment.

  2. Computers and electronics

    67% Skill level

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  3. Geography

    66% Skill level

    Describing land, sea, and air, including their physical characteristics, locations, how they work together, and the location of plant, animal, and human life.

  4. Mathematics

    65% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  5. Clerical

    64% Skill level

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

  6. Chemistry

    63% Skill level

    Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.

  7. English language

    59% Skill level

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  8. Administration and management

    58% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  9. Education and training

    58% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  10. Personnel and human resources

    54% Skill level

    Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.

  11. Mechanical

    45% Skill level

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  12. Engineering and technology

    43% Skill level

    Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

  13. Physics

    43% Skill level

    The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.

  14. Public safety and security

    38% Skill level

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  15. Food production

    38% Skill level

    Planting, growing, and harvesting food (both plant and animal), including storage and handling.

  16. Communications and media

    36% Skill level

    Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.

  17. Customer and personal service

    36% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  18. Production and processing

    35% Skill level

    Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

  19. Law and government

    35% Skill level

    How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

  20. Transportation

    34% Skill level

    Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Critical thinking

    57% Skill level

    Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

  2. Reading comprehension

    55% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  3. Writing

    52% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  4. Complex problem solving

    50% Skill level

    Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

  5. Active listening

    48% Skill level

    Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

  6. Monitoring

    46% Skill level

    Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.

  7. Speaking

    45% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  8. Active learning

    43% Skill level

    Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.

  9. Coordination with others

    43% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  10. Instructing

    43% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  11. Judgment and decision making

    43% Skill level

    Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.

  12. Learning strategies

    43% Skill level

    Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.

  13. Mathematics

    43% Skill level

    Using maths to solve problems.

  14. Operation monitoring

    43% Skill level

    Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

  15. Science

    43% Skill level

    Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

  16. Social perceptiveness

    43% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  17. Time management

    43% Skill level

    Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.

  18. Management of personnel resources

    43% Skill level

    Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.

  19. Serving others

    39% Skill level

    Looking for ways to help people.

  20. Negotiation

    37% Skill level

    Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Near vision

    57% Skill level

    See details that are up-close (within a few feet).

  2. Written comprehension

    57% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  3. Oral comprehension

    57% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  4. Oral expression

    57% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  5. Problem spotting

    54% Skill level

    Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.

  6. Written expression

    54% Skill level

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  7. Inductive reasoning

    52% Skill level

    Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.

  8. Deductive reasoning

    50% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  9. Categorising

    46% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  10. Sorting or ordering

    46% Skill level

    Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

  11. Colour discrimination

    45% Skill level

    Notice differences between colours, including shades of colour and brightness.

  12. Mathematics

    43% Skill level

    Choose the right maths method or formula to solve a problem.

  13. Arm-hand steadiness

    43% Skill level

    Keep your hand or arm steady.

  14. Brainstorming

    43% Skill level

    Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.

  15. Control precision

    43% Skill level

    Quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat.

  16. Finger dexterity

    43% Skill level

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

  17. Flexibility of closure

    43% Skill level

    See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.

  18. Originality

    43% Skill level

    Come up with unusual or clever ideas, or creative ways to solve a problem.

  19. Working with numbers

    43% Skill level

    Add, subtract, multiply, or divide.

  20. Perceptual speed

    39% Skill level

    Use your eyes to quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.

Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  1. Collecting and organising information

    75% Skill level

    Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.

  2. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    74% Skill level

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  3. Looking for changes over time

    69% Skill level

    Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  4. Monitoring people, processes and things

    68% Skill level

    Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.

  5. Planning and prioritising work

    67% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.

  6. Researching and investigating

    66% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  7. Thinking creatively

    65% Skill level

    Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.

  8. Doing physically active work

    65% Skill level

    Use your arms, legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling objects.

  9. Making decisions and solving problems

    61% Skill level

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  10. Controlling equipment or machines

    61% Skill level

    Operating machines or processes either directly or using controls (not including computers or vehicles).

  11. Communicating within a team

    60% Skill level

    Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  12. Training and teaching others

    60% Skill level

    Understanding the needs of others, developing training programs, and teaching or instructing.

  13. Scheduling work and activities

    58% Skill level

    Working out the timing of events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.

  14. Documenting or recording information

    58% Skill level

    Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

  15. Making sense of information and ideas

    54% Skill level

    Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.

  16. Checking for errors or defects

    53% Skill level

    Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.

  17. Explaining things to people

    52% Skill level

    Helping people to understand and use information.

  18. Checking compliance with standards

    52% Skill level

    Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

  19. Estimating amounts, costs and resources

    51% Skill level

    Working out sizes, distances, amounts, time, costs, resources, or materials needed for a task.

  20. Working with computers

    48% Skill level

    Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

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Work Environment

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

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Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Face-to-face discussions

    94% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  2. Being exact or accurate

    91% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  3. Contact with people

    87% Important

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  4. Teamwork

    84% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  5. Electronic mail

    82% Important

    Use electronic mail.

  6. Freedom to make decisions

    82% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  7. Telephone

    81% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  8. Repeating same tasks

    80% Important

    Repeat the same tasks or activities (e.g., key entry) over and over, without stopping.

  9. Wear common protective or safety equipment

    79% Important

    Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.

  10. Indoors, heat controlled

    78% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  11. Lead or coordinate a team

    78% Important

    Lead others to do work activities.

  12. Health and safety of others

    77% Important

    Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.

  13. Unstructured work

    76% Important

    Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

  14. Outdoors, exposed to weather

    75% Important

    Work outdoors, exposed to the weather.

  15. Exposure to contaminants

    74% Important

    Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.

  16. Time pressure

    73% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  17. Indoors, not heat controlled

    72% Important

    Work indoors without heating or cooling (e.g., warehouse without heat).

  18. Consequence of error

    71% Important

    Work where mistakes have serious consequences.

  19. Frequent decision making

    70% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  20. Responsible for outcomes

    70% Important

    Take responsibility for the results of other people's work.

Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.

  1. Relationships

    71% Important

    Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.

  2. Support

    67% Important

    Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.

  3. Independence

    48% Important

    Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.

  4. Working conditions

    48% Important

    Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.

  5. Achievement

    43% Important

    Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

  6. Recognition

    38% Important

    Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.

Interests

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  1. Practical

    90% Important

    Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

  2. Analytical

    71% Important

    Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.

  3. Administrative

    62% Important

    Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.

  4. Enterprising

    33% Important

    Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.

  5. Helping

    19% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

  6. Creative

    14% Important

    Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 19-4011.01 - Agricultural Technicians.

All Agricultural Technicians

  • $1,441 Weekly Pay
  • Decline Future Growth
  • 3,400 workers Employment Size
  • High skill Skill level rating
  • 80% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 42 hours Average full-time
  • 40 years Average age
  • 37% female Gender Share

Agricultural Technicians perform tests and experiments, and provide technical support to assist Agricultural Scientists in areas such as research, production, servicing and marketing.

Also known as: Agricultural Technical Officer.

Specialisations: Agriculture Laboratory Technician, Artificial Insemination Technical Officer, Dairy Technician, Field Crop Technical Officer, Herd Tester, Horticultural Technical Officer.

You usually need a formal qualification in agricultural science or technology to work as an Agricultural Technician. Vocational Education and Training (VET) and university are both common study pathways.

Tasks
  • examining topographical, physical and soil characteristics of farmland to determine its most effective use and identify nutrient deficiencies
  • assisting in developing new methods of planting, fertilising, harvesting and processing crops to achieve optimum land usage
  • identifying pathogenic micro-organisms and insects, parasites, fungi and weeds harmful to crops and livestock, and assisting in devising methods of control
  • analysing produce to set and maintain standards of quality
  • inspecting livestock to gauge the effectiveness of feed formulae
  • assisting in controlled breeding experiments to develop improved crop and livestock strains
  • arranging the supply of drugs, vaccines and other chemicals to Farmers and Farm Managers, and giving advice on their use
  • collecting and collating data for research
  • planning slaughtering, harvesting and other aspects of production processes
  • may advise producers on farming techniques and management

You usually need a formal qualification in agricultural science or technology to work as an Agricultural Technician. Vocational Education and Training (VET) and university are both common study pathways.

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need. Visit

  • Course Seeker to search and compare higher education courses.
  • ComparED to compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes.
  • My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.
  • AAPathways website to explore Agriculture, Horticulture and Conservation & Land Management VET training pathways.

Employers look for Agricultural Technicians who have strong interpersonal skills, are flexible and can provide good customer service.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Biology

    68% Skill level

    Plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, how they rely on and work with each other and the environment.

  2. Computers and electronics

    67% Skill level

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  3. Geography

    66% Skill level

    Describing land, sea, and air, including their physical characteristics, locations, how they work together, and the location of plant, animal, and human life.

  4. Mathematics

    65% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  5. Clerical

    64% Skill level

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

  6. Chemistry

    63% Skill level

    Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.

  7. English language

    59% Skill level

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  8. Administration and management

    58% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  9. Education and training

    58% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  10. Personnel and human resources

    54% Skill level

    Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.

  11. Mechanical

    45% Skill level

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  12. Engineering and technology

    43% Skill level

    Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

  13. Physics

    43% Skill level

    The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.

  14. Public safety and security

    38% Skill level

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  15. Food production

    38% Skill level

    Planting, growing, and harvesting food (both plant and animal), including storage and handling.

  16. Communications and media

    36% Skill level

    Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.

  17. Customer and personal service

    36% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  18. Production and processing

    35% Skill level

    Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

  19. Law and government

    35% Skill level

    How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

  20. Transportation

    34% Skill level

    Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Critical thinking

    57% Skill level

    Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

  2. Reading comprehension

    55% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  3. Writing

    52% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  4. Complex problem solving

    50% Skill level

    Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

  5. Active listening

    48% Skill level

    Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

  6. Monitoring

    46% Skill level

    Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.

  7. Speaking

    45% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  8. Active learning

    43% Skill level

    Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.

  9. Coordination with others

    43% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  10. Instructing

    43% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  11. Judgment and decision making

    43% Skill level

    Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.

  12. Learning strategies

    43% Skill level

    Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.

  13. Mathematics

    43% Skill level

    Using maths to solve problems.

  14. Operation monitoring

    43% Skill level

    Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

  15. Science

    43% Skill level

    Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

  16. Social perceptiveness

    43% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  17. Time management

    43% Skill level

    Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.

  18. Management of personnel resources

    43% Skill level

    Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.

  19. Serving others

    39% Skill level

    Looking for ways to help people.

  20. Negotiation

    37% Skill level

    Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Near vision

    57% Skill level

    See details that are up-close (within a few feet).

  2. Written comprehension

    57% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  3. Oral comprehension

    57% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  4. Oral expression

    57% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  5. Problem spotting

    54% Skill level

    Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.

  6. Written expression

    54% Skill level

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  7. Inductive reasoning

    52% Skill level

    Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.

  8. Deductive reasoning

    50% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  9. Categorising

    46% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  10. Sorting or ordering

    46% Skill level

    Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

  11. Colour discrimination

    45% Skill level

    Notice differences between colours, including shades of colour and brightness.

  12. Mathematics

    43% Skill level

    Choose the right maths method or formula to solve a problem.

  13. Arm-hand steadiness

    43% Skill level

    Keep your hand or arm steady.

  14. Brainstorming

    43% Skill level

    Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.

  15. Control precision

    43% Skill level

    Quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat.

  16. Finger dexterity

    43% Skill level

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

  17. Flexibility of closure

    43% Skill level

    See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.

  18. Originality

    43% Skill level

    Come up with unusual or clever ideas, or creative ways to solve a problem.

  19. Working with numbers

    43% Skill level

    Add, subtract, multiply, or divide.

  20. Perceptual speed

    39% Skill level

    Use your eyes to quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.

Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  1. Collecting and organising information

    75% Skill level

    Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.

  2. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    74% Skill level

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  3. Looking for changes over time

    69% Skill level

    Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  4. Monitoring people, processes and things

    68% Skill level

    Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.

  5. Planning and prioritising work

    67% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.

  6. Researching and investigating

    66% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  7. Thinking creatively

    65% Skill level

    Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.

  8. Doing physically active work

    65% Skill level

    Use your arms, legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling objects.

  9. Making decisions and solving problems

    61% Skill level

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  10. Controlling equipment or machines

    61% Skill level

    Operating machines or processes either directly or using controls (not including computers or vehicles).

  11. Communicating within a team

    60% Skill level

    Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  12. Training and teaching others

    60% Skill level

    Understanding the needs of others, developing training programs, and teaching or instructing.

  13. Scheduling work and activities

    58% Skill level

    Working out the timing of events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.

  14. Documenting or recording information

    58% Skill level

    Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

  15. Making sense of information and ideas

    54% Skill level

    Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.

  16. Checking for errors or defects

    53% Skill level

    Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.

  17. Explaining things to people

    52% Skill level

    Helping people to understand and use information.

  18. Checking compliance with standards

    52% Skill level

    Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

  19. Estimating amounts, costs and resources

    51% Skill level

    Working out sizes, distances, amounts, time, costs, resources, or materials needed for a task.

  20. Working with computers

    48% Skill level

    Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 19-4011.01 - Agricultural Technicians.

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

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Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Face-to-face discussions

    94% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  2. Being exact or accurate

    91% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  3. Contact with people

    87% Important

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  4. Teamwork

    84% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  5. Electronic mail

    82% Important

    Use electronic mail.

  6. Freedom to make decisions

    82% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  7. Telephone

    81% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  8. Repeating same tasks

    80% Important

    Repeat the same tasks or activities (e.g., key entry) over and over, without stopping.

  9. Wear common protective or safety equipment

    79% Important

    Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.

  10. Indoors, heat controlled

    78% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  11. Lead or coordinate a team

    78% Important

    Lead others to do work activities.

  12. Health and safety of others

    77% Important

    Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.

  13. Unstructured work

    76% Important

    Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

  14. Outdoors, exposed to weather

    75% Important

    Work outdoors, exposed to the weather.

  15. Exposure to contaminants

    74% Important

    Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.

  16. Time pressure

    73% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  17. Indoors, not heat controlled

    72% Important

    Work indoors without heating or cooling (e.g., warehouse without heat).

  18. Consequence of error

    71% Important

    Work where mistakes have serious consequences.

  19. Frequent decision making

    70% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  20. Responsible for outcomes

    70% Important

    Take responsibility for the results of other people's work.

Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.

  1. Relationships

    71% Important

    Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.

  2. Support

    67% Important

    Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.

  3. Independence

    48% Important

    Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.

  4. Working conditions

    48% Important

    Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.

  5. Achievement

    43% Important

    Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

  6. Recognition

    38% Important

    Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.

Interests

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  1. Practical

    90% Important

    Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

  2. Analytical

    71% Important

    Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.

  3. Administrative

    62% Important

    Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.

  4. Enterprising

    33% Important

    Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.

  5. Helping

    19% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

  6. Creative

    14% Important

    Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 19-4011.01 - Agricultural Technicians.
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