Post-secondary Agricultural Sciences Teacher  What They Do

Just the Facts


Teaches 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.

This career is part of the Education and Training cluster Teaching/Training pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Conducts research in a particular field of knowledge and publishes findings in professional journals, books, or electronic media.
  • Prepares and delivers lectures to undergraduate or graduate students on topics such as crop production, plant genetics, and soil chemistry.
  • Evaluates and grades students' class work, laboratory work, assignments, and papers.
  • Supervises undergraduate or graduate teaching, internship, and research work.
  • Prepares course materials, such as syllabi, homework assignments, and handouts.
  • Writes grant proposals to procure external research funding.
  • Keeps abreast of developments in the field by reading current literature, talking with colleagues, and participating in professional conferences.
  • Maintains student attendance records, grades, and other required records.
  • Initiates, facilitates, and moderates classroom discussions.
  • Advises students on academic and vocational curricula and on career issues.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Irregular hours
  • Overtime work

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