Also known as Agriculture Laborer, Apple Sorter, Corn Lab Technician, Distribution Technician, Egg Grader, Egg Worker, Grader, Potato Grader, Potato Sorter, Sorter
Also known as Agriculture Laborer, Apple Sorter, Corn Lab Technician
Agricultural Product Technicians grade, sort, or classify unprocessed food and other agricultural products by size, weight, color, or condition.
Agricultural Product Technicians are often responsible for overseeing or executing some or all of the following tasks:
The above responsibilities are specific to Agricultural Product Technicians. More generally, Agricultural Product Technicians are involved in several broader types of activities:
The median salary for an Agricultural Product Technician is $28,220, and the average salary is $29,620. Both the median and average roughly describe the middle of the Agricultural Product Technician salary range, but the average is more easily affected by extremely high or low salaries.
Many Agricultural Product Technicians earn significantly more or less than the average, due to several factors. About 10% of Agricultural Product Technicians earn less than $20,340 per year, 25% earn less than $25,170, 75% earn less than $31,120, and 90% earn less than $36,040.
Between the years of 2020 and 2030, the number of Agricultural Product Technicians is expected to change by -1.2%, and there should be roughly 4,700 open positions for Agricultural Product Technicians every year.
Career interests describe a person's preferences for different types of working environments and activities. When a person's interest match the demands of an occupation, people are usually more engaged and satisfied in that role.
Compared to most occupations, those who work as an Agricultural Product Technician are usually higher in their Realistic and Conventional interests.
Agricultural Product Technicians typically have very strong Realistic interests. Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
Also, Agricultural Product Technicians typically have strong Conventional interests. Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
People differ in their values, or what is most important to them for building job satisfaction and fulfillment.
Compared to most people, those working as an Agricultural Product Technician tend to value Support, Working Conditions, and Relationships.
Most importantly, Agricultural Product Technicians moderately value Support. Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees.
Second, Agricultural Product Technicians very slightly value Working Conditions. Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions.
Lastly, Agricultural Product Technicians very slightly value Relationships. Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment.
Each occupation brings its own set of psychological demands, which describe the characteristics necessary to perform the job well.
In order to perform their job successfully, people who work as Agricultural Product Technicians must consistently demonstrate qualities such as dependability, attention to detail, and cooperation.
Below, you'll find a list of qualities typically required of Agricultural Product Technicians, ranked by importance:
Working as an Agricultural Product Technician may require a high school diploma or GED certificate.
Agricultural Product Technicians need anywhere from a few days to a few months of training. Usually, an experienced worker could show you how to do the job.
Agricultural Product Technicians may benefit from understanding of specialized subject areas, such as production and processing, mechanical, or food production knowledge.
The list below shows several areas in which most Agricultural Product Technicians might want to build proficiency, ranked by importance.
Agricultural Product Technicians must develop a particular set of abilities to perform their job well. Abilities are individual capacities that influence a person's information processing, sensory perception, motor coordination, and physical strength or endurance. Individuals may naturally have certain abilities without explicit training, but most abilities can be sharpened somewhat through practice.
For example, Agricultural Product Technicians need abilities such as manual dexterity, near vision, and category flexibility in order to perform their job at a high level. The list below shows several important abilities for Agricultural Product Technicians, ranked by their relative importance.
Skills are developed capacities that enable people to function effectively in real-world settings. Unlike abilities, skills are typically easier to build through practice and experience. Skills influence effectiveness in areas such as learning, working with others, design, troubleshooting, and more.
Agricultural Product Technicians frequently use skills like monitoring, active listening, and speaking to perform their job effectively. The list below shows several critical skills for Agricultural Product Technicians, ranked by their relative importance.
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