Also known as 4-H Youth Development Specialist, Agricultural Extension Educator, Extension Agent, Extension Educator, Extension Specialist, Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Agent, Family Development Extension Specialist, Family Resource Management Extension Specialist, Marine Extension Agent, Natural Resources Extension Educator
Also known as 4-H Youth Development Specialist, Agricultural Extension Educator, Extension Agent
Extension Specialists instruct and advise individuals and families engaged in agriculture, agricultural-related processes, or home management activities.
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Extension Specialists are often responsible for overseeing or executing some or all of the following tasks:
The above responsibilities are specific to Extension Specialists. More generally, Extension Specialists are involved in several broader types of activities:
The median salary for an Extension Specialist is $51,550, and the average salary is $54,870. Both the median and average roughly describe the middle of the Extension Specialist salary range, but the average is more easily affected by extremely high or low salaries.
Many Extension Specialists earn significantly more or less than the average, due to several factors. About 10% of Extension Specialists earn less than $26,300 per year, 25% earn less than $37,910, 75% earn less than $67,330, and 90% earn less than $85,140.
Between the years of 2020 and 2030, the number of Extension Specialists is expected to change by -1.1%, and there should be roughly 800 open positions for Extension Specialists 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 Extension Specialist are usually higher in their Social, Realistic, and Enterprising interests.
Extension Specialists typically have very strong Social interests. Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.
Also, Extension Specialists typically have 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.
Lastly, Extension Specialists typically have moderate Enterprising interests. Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
Extension Specialists typically have moderate Investigative interests. Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
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 Extension Specialist tend to value Relationships, Independence, and Achievement.
Most importantly, Extension Specialists very strongly 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.
Second, Extension Specialists strongly value Independence. Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions.
Lastly, Extension Specialists strongly value Achievement. Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.
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 Extension Specialists must consistently demonstrate qualities such as dependability, integrity, and adaptability/flexibility.
Below, you'll find a list of qualities typically required of Extension Specialists, ranked by importance:
Many Extension Specialists have earned a graduate degree. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a doctoral degree, such as a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D..
Extension Specialists may need some on-the-job training, but most candidates will already have the required skills, knowledge, work-related experience, and/or training.
Extension Specialists may benefit from understanding of specialized subject areas, such as education and training, customer and personal service, or food production knowledge.
The list below shows several areas in which most Extension Specialists might want to build proficiency, ranked by importance.
Extension Specialists 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, Extension Specialists need abilities such as oral expression, oral comprehension, and speech clarity in order to perform their job at a high level. The list below shows several important abilities for Extension Specialists, 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.
Extension Specialists frequently use skills like active listening, speaking, and reading comprehension to perform their job effectively. The list below shows several critical skills for Extension Specialists, ranked by their relative importance.
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