Agriculture and natural resources is a critical industry in New Jersey. This sector produces food supply, supports healthy plants and animals, and protects the environment and natural resources in the Garden State. As demand for more sustainable products and practices grows, related educational and training programs are more important than ever. County vocational-technical schools continuously refine and add more programs to support that growth and keep pace with the constantly evolving technology in the sector. Our schools cultivate business partnerships that are vital to ensuring programs remain aligned with this fast-changing industry.
Today’s agriculture, natural resources, and animal science programs at county vocational-technical schools are science-based and technology-driven, designed to prepare students for a wide range of career pathways.
Why Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Animal Science?
- Accounts for $400 billion in U.S. GDP
- Employs 5.6 million people
- Projected job growth, especially for veterinary technicians and environmental protection technicians
- With some postsecondary education, workers can earn more than the national median wage in agricultural economics, agriculture and natural resources management, conservation science, food science, and forestry
Career pathways in this area include:
Farmer or farm manager
Park ranger/game warden
Soil and water conservationist
Turf management specialist
For Students And Parents:
To see what agriculture, natural resources, and animal science programs your county vocational-technical school offers, find your school.
For Adult Students:
To find agriculture, natural resources, and animal science programs at county vocational-technical schools near you, use the “Find Adult Career Programs” tool.
For More Information About Careers In Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Animal Science:
Visit the NJ Department of Agriculture for career exploration.
Find resources provided by FFA, the national student organization for agricultural education. Most county vocational-technical schools with agriculture, natural resources, and animal science programs have a chapter. Start exploring with FFA’s How to Find Your Career in Agriculture.
View videos on agriculture, food, and natural resources careers:
From US Department of Labor Career One-Stop: