Agricultural Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary

Also known as:  Agricultural Soil Conservation Professor, Agronomy Professor, Animal Husbandry Professor, Animal Science Professor, Aquaculture and Fisheries Professor, Farm Management Professor, Floriculture Professor, Horticulture Instructor, Olericulture Professor

ABOUT POSTSECONDARY AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES TEACHER CAREERS

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From farms and ranches, to fisheries and forests, science plays a vital role in all aspects of agriculture. Training the next generation of specialists in this area is the work of agricultural sciences teachers, post-secondary. These teachers are usually found at universities, college, and community ...
colleges. They are responsible for developing the course material for students interested in furthering their education in agriculture.

Using lectures and discussions, work assignments and examinations, teachers cover a wide array of subjects. For example, plant genetics, fishery management, and agricultural soil conservation. Some school work may take place out in the field, affording students more hands-on experience.

Post-secondary teachers need extensive knowledge of the sciences, including biology and chemistry. Good communication skills are essential. These educators also act as advisors, counseling students on career choices. Post-secondary teachers have a range of educational backgrounds - from expertise in their field to graduate degrees.

While the work schedule is flexible, teachers should expect to be in class 12 to 16 hours a week. Employment opportunities for post-secondary teachers in general are expected to expand faster than most other occupations. Agricultural sciences teachers are helping to keep our country on the leading edge of food production and resource conservation.
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Teach courses in the agricultural sciences. Includes teachers of agronomy, dairy sciences, fisheries management, horticultural sciences, poultry sciences, range management, and agricultural soil conservation. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Leadership
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Critical decision making
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Level of responsibilities
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Job challenge and pressure to meet deadlines
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Dealing and handling conflict
LOW
Competition for this position
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Communication with others
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Work closely with team members, clients etc.
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Comfort of the work setting
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Exposure to extreme environmental conditions
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Exposure to job hazards
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Physical demands
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Compile bibliographies of specialized materials for outside reading assignments.
Provide professional consulting services to government or industry.
Conduct research in a particular field of knowledge and publish findings in professional journals, books, or electronic media.
Supervise undergraduate or graduate teaching, internship, and research work.
Participate in student recruitment, registration, and placement activities.
Select and obtain materials and supplies such as textbooks and laboratory equipment.
Serve on academic or administrative committees that deal with institutional policies, departmental matters, and academic issues.
Write grant proposals to procure external research funding.
Advise students on academic and vocational curricula and on career issues.
Prepare course materials such as syllabi, homework assignments, and handouts.
Compile, administer, and grade examinations, or assign this work to others.
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Training and Teaching Others Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.
Interacting With Computers Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
Analyzing Data or Information Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
Thinking Creatively Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.
Getting Information Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
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Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Biology Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
Communications and Media Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
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Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
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Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Learning Strategies Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
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