Agricultural Engineering

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Apply principles of engineering technology and biological science to agricultural power, machinery, electrification, structures, soil and water conservation and processing. Build a career in agricultural engineering.

work as an agricultural engineerWhat Does a Career in Agricultural Engineering Look Like?

Agricultural engineers can work in a variety of settings and on a wide range of projects. You may specialize in agricultural waste management operations, innovating and improving methods for the removal and treatment of animal and food waste. Other engineers work with drainage, irrigation and water control structures, designing, repairing, maintaining and building structures that control water resources. Some specialize in agricultural instrumentation and control systems, designing, developing, installing and managing equipment used to monitor and control pressure, flow, level and temperature related to agricultural processes.

Most agricultural engineers do some or all of the following:

  • Prepare reports, sketches, working drawings, specifications, proposals and budgets for proposed sites or systems.  
  • Discuss, evaluate and adjust plans in collaboration with clients, contractors, consultants and other engineers.  
  • Meet with district or regional councils, farmers and developers to determine project scopes and requirements.  
  • Provide advice on water quality and issues related to pollution management, river control and ground and surface water resources.  
  • Plan and direct construction of electric-power distribution systems and irrigation, drainage and flood control systems for soil and water conservation.  

What Education is Required to Build a Career in Agricultural Engineering?

All agricultural engineering jobs require a bachelor’s degree, and a significant portion require a master’s degree or a doctoral degree.

Many professionals find that they are only qualified to do part of the job because they don’t have the credentials required. They get an entry-level job with an undergraduate degree in environmental science or a related degree, work for a few years, and then find they cannot be promoted because the next step requires an engineering degree. The engineering degree allows them to do the design work rather than just the installation. The engineer can sign (“seal”) legal documents once they become a licensed Professional Engineer.

Find out if a master’s degree or graduate level certificate will give you the credentials required for job advancement. Our online graduate programs are designed to accommodate a working professional’s busy schedule, making it possible to work full-time and get the advanced degree or certificate you need.

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Related Agricultural Engineering Job Titles

The following are just a few of the common job titles graduates of advanced biological agricultural degree and certificate programs qualify for:

  • Agricultural Engineer
  • Agricultural Safety and Health Program Director
  • Agricultural Systems Specialist
  • Conservation Engineer
  • Project Engineer
  • Research Agricultural Engineer
  • Nutrient Management/Waste Management Specialist
  • Agricultural Instrumentation and Control Engineer

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Agricultural Engineering Salary and Forecast

Those working in agricultural engineering earn a national median salary of $101,320 (as of 2016).

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Job opportunities in the industry are growing at a rate of 2-4%, with North Carolina leading the way with a job opportunity growth rate of 11%.

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