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If you love the idea of working with crops, animals, and resources that contribute to the worldwide food supply, pursuing a career in agriculture could provide you with a rewarding and fulfilling future.

Pathway Description

The Agriculture pathway will give students a broad agriculture knowledge base and entry-level skills in crop production, livestock management, and agribusiness. Students will gain relevant, hands-on experience through a combination of classroom instruction, field trips, and lab experiences. There is a definite need for individuals with this knowledge in the local area, state, and nation since agriculture and agriculture-related careers employ about 25 percent of the labor force in the United States.

Key Competencies

  • Describe career opportunities in the animal industry
  • Describe how animals use nutrients
  • Name and describe the functions of the major animal body systems
  • Explain the importance of livestock nutrition
  • Assess opportunities in exotic animal production
  • Define the agri-food industry
  • Describe the role of science in livestock production
  • Describe food processing and production methods
  • Identify Career paths/occupations in agriculture and related industries
  • Discuss and analyze employment outlook in agriculture and related industries
  • Make informed career decisions
  • Draw a soil map
  • Identify different insecticides and herbicides
  • Identify plant diseases


View the High School Course Guide for an in-depth look at the courses outlined below.

High School Credits:

900L Introduction to AFNR – CASE 2
900M Wildlife Ecology 2
96D0A Survey of the Animal Industry 1
96D1B Career Seminar 1
96D2A Principles of Agronomy 1
96D3B Foods of Animal Origin 1

Total College Credits:



Annual National Average Salary for Entry Level Agriculture Worker: $45,000

Career Opportunities

  • Food Scientist and Technologies
  • Veterinarians
  • Farm Labor Contractors
  • Aquacultural Manager
  • Buyer/Purchasing Agent, Farm Products
  • Farm and Ranch Managers
  • Animal Scientist
  • Animal Breeders

Agriculture Pathway PDF