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Production/Processing Plant and Soil Science Pathway

CTE Pathways: Connecting High School to College and Career
Career and Technical Education courses help you get started on your pathway to success.

Program Description
Students will be exposed to a wide range of scientific principles, such as genetics, disease, pests, and management practices. The scientific processes of observation, measurement, hypothesizing, data gathering, interpretation, analysis, and application are stressed. Career opportunities and educational preparation are examined. Learning activities are varied, with classroom, laboratory, and field experiences emphasized.

You Will Learn
  • The nature of plant science.
  • To demonstrate and understanding of soil science.
  • To demonstrate and understanding of plant structure and function.
  • To demonstrate an understanding of agronomy.

Pathway Brochure
Class availability may vary at your high school.
-Production/Processing Plant and Soil Science - PDF

Student Leadership Organization
FFA is the student leadership organization for Agricultural Education. FFA is an integral and necessary component of the overall program. FFA is dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of young people by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through Agricultural Education.

Beyond High School
There are a number of options for education and training beyond high school, depending on your career goals.

  • Certificate
  • Associate degree
  • Bachelorís degree
  • Professional degree
  • On-the-job training
  • Apprenticeship
  • Military training


Sample Occupations
  • Agricultural Education Teacher
  • Agronomist
  • Agronomy Department Manager
  • Agronomy Production Specialist
  • Agronomy Tech. Specialist
  • Plant Pathologist
  • Seed Sales Manager

Workforce Trends
Agronomy is a specialized field where many agronomists are independent consultants. These scientists tend to concentrate on particular crops.

Agricultural and food scientists employment is expected to grow about 9-17 percent for all occupations through 2014.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2006

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