Agricultural Education prepares students for employment and/or continuing education opportunities in agriculture through technical instruction in the classroom, experiential education through the laboratory and Supervised Agricultural Experience Program (SAEP), and leadership and personal development through the FFA.
The Utah Agricultural Education Pathways are based on the national skills standards and the national cluster pathways for agricultural education. By taking Agricultural Education courses, students learn to value and understand the vital role of agriculture, food, fiber, and natural resources systems in advancing personal and global well-being. Students have the opportunity to be a CTE Secondary Pathway Completer in one of five Agricultural Education Pathways:
Madyson Smith found her passion for floriculture while participating in the Agricultural Education Plant Systems Pathway. “Up until my sophomore year of high school, I was completely clueless as to what I wanted my career to be when I graduated. College was a terrifying thought that I was certain was only for old people like the seniors to think about. Then I took my first agriculture class, which everyone assumes is strictly about farm animals, and it introduced me to plant biology. I then continued my curiosity with plant science and took two trimester classes my junior year. The classes took place mostly in the school greenhouse, where I learned to grow plants and flowers from seeds. This is where I found my passion for flowers,” said Madyson.
In the fall, Madyson completed a CTE Internship at Corner Floral where she learned more about plants, flowers, and floral design. “I want to pursue a career in plant and soil science, and I feel this internship has helped me get a feel for what I want to study and get a head start. I’m so fortunate to have access to so many resources to help me prepare for a career. I was able to find out exactly what I wanted to do and do it while still in high school.”
Stars and Skills for the Top Ten Occupations in Agriculture
The following are rated “4- or 5-Star” occupations by the Utah Department of Workforce Services, and most require a high school diploma and work experience for entry. The exceptions are: environmental science and protection technician (including health), which requires an associate degree, environmental scientist and specialist (including health), which requires a bachelor’s degree, and urban and regional planner, which requires a master’s degree.
Listed in order of the total number of people projected to be working in each occupation by 2022, all of these occupations –
> Offer projected openings for 10-80 new Utah workers every year through 2022.
> Pay median hourly wages of between $19.30 and $33.10 in Utah.