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Agricultural Representatives, Consultants, and Specialists

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Occupation:Agricultural Representatives, Consultants, and Specialists
Category:Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology

About the job

Nature of work:

Agricultural representatives, consultants and specialists provide assistance and advice to farmers on all aspects of farm management, cultivation, fertilization, harvesting, soil erosion and composition, disease prevention, nutrition, crop rotation and marketing. Agrologists study farm crops and animals and develop ways of improving their quantity and quality, and controlling pests and weeds more effectively. They also research methods of changing raw agricultural commodities into healthy food products for consumers. They are employed by businesses, institutions and governments that assist the farming community, or they may be self-employed.

Job duties:
Agricultural representatives, consultants and specialists perform some or all of the following duties:
  • Provide counselling and advisory services to farmers on crop cultivation and fertilization, harvesting, animal and poultry care, disease prevention, farm management, farm financing, marketing and other agricultural subjects.
  • Prepare and conduct advisory information sessions and lectures for farmers and other groups.
  • Conduct research, analyze agricultural data and prepare research reports.
  • Liaise with researchers, educators and government or business managers on matters pertaining to farming and agriculture.
  • Maintain records of services provided and the effects of advice given.
Sample job titles:
  • agricultural consultant
  • agricultural livestock specialist
  • agricultural soil and crop specialist
  • agriculturist
  • agrologist
  • agronomist
  • farm management consultant
  • irrigation consultant - agriculture
  • soil conservationist
Skills:

To work in this field, you should enjoy diverse working conditions. Good observation skills and analytical abilities are also important. You must communicate and cooperate well with others, as agrologists often work in teams. A farming background is helpful but not necessary.

Job requirements:
  • A bachelor's or master's degree in agriculture or in a related science is required.
  • Membership or eligibility for membership in a provincial institute of agrology is usually required.
Other considerations:

Unlike other agricultural occupations, there are no significant seasonal patterns of unemployment. Progression to management positions is possible with experience.

Labour Market Information

Work Prospects:Undetermined

This is not a large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities may not be that frequent. With a small percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are not expected to be a major contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Agricultural Representatives, Consultants, and Specialists most commonly work full-time hours. Furthermore, the jobs are typically permanent positions.

The median employment income for 88% of Agricultural Representatives, Consultants, and Specialists who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $66,825. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2016 Census)

OccupationEstimated employment in 2018Estimated change in employment between 2017 and 2019Estimated openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019Estimated rate of unemployment in 2018 Estimated hourly earnings in 2015 (learn more)Estimated annual earnings in 2015
Agricultural Representatives, Consultants, and Specialists80xxx
Minimum:  N/A
Median:  N/A
Maximum:  N/A
Minimum:  N/A
Median: $62,205
Maximum:  N/A
Occupations in Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology25,875Strong growth3,095Low
Minimum: $17.69
Median: $31.35
Maximum: $47.18
Minimum: $13,568
Median: $60,422
Maximum: $107,009
Agricultural Representatives, Consultants, and SpecialistsCompared to: Occupations in Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology
Percent employed full-time100%94%
Percent self-employed6%7%
Where will I likely work?
Area of EmploymentAgricultural Representatives, Consultants, and SpecialistsCompared to: All NS Occupations
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Southernxx12%$30,581
Northern58%x16%$33,660
Cape Bretonxx13%$32,974
Halifax11%x47%$41,209
Annapolis Valley26%x13%$32,958
What are the workers like?
AgeAgricultural Representatives, Consultants, and SpecialistsCompared to: All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology
% Employed% Employed
15-24N/Ax
25-3422%14%
35-4444%33%
45-54N/A32%
55-6433%18%
65+N/A4%
Median Age4443
GenderAgricultural Representatives, Consultants, and SpecialistsCompared to: Occupations in Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology
% Employed% Employed
Female37%20%
Male63%80%
EducationAgricultural Representatives, Consultants, and SpecialistsCompared to: All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Less than high schoolxx0.7%$28,107
High schoolxx12.1%$35,125
Trades certificatexx6.8%$54,923
College certificate or diplomaxx33.7%$52,476
University certificate or diplomaxx3.7%$52,446
Bachelor's degree47.1%x29.7%$58,011
University advanced certificate or diplomaxx2.0%$54,917
Master's degreexx9.7%$37,706
Doctorate41.2%x1.7%$65,565
Medicine, dentistry, veterinary, optometryxx0.1%$57,566
Total100%100%
Wage Disclaimer

Hourly earnings data are from the Labour Force Survey by Statistics Canada. Data are not available for all occupations. Hourly earnings are calculated based on usual hours worked per week. This is how an annual salary, for instance, gets converted to an hourly rate. The data include full and part-time workers along with new and experienced workers. Self-employed workers are excluded.

Annual employment income data reported in the Work Prospects section, are from the 2011 National Household Survey by Statistics Canada. Much of the data (around 70%) came directly from tax records. The data relates to the year 2010 and includes total wages and salaries and net income from self-employment.

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Employment Requirements & Contacts

Regulations:
Agrologist
Right to Title and Practice:This job is regulated and the job title is protected in Nova Scotia (you may not use this job title without holding a provincial licence). A licence shows that the holder has met provincial requirements and is required to work in this job.
Regulating body:
Nova Scotia Institute of Agrologists
60 Research Drive
Bible Hill, NS B6L 2R2
(902) 897-6742
Useful contacts:
Agricultural Institute of Canada
Suite 320, 176 Gloucester Street
Ottawa, ON K2P 0A6
Tel: (613) 232-9459
Fax: (613) 594-5190
office@aic.ca

Training Paths & Education

Program Name:Agricultural business and management - General
Education Level:This program may be offered at the college, trades, or university level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any general program that focuses on modern business and economic principles involved in the organization, operation, and management of agricultural enterprises.
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Dalhousie University Faculty of Agriculture
PO Box 550
Truro, NS B2N 5E3
(902) 893-6600
enrolment.services@dal.ca
Program Name:Agricultural economics
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the college or university level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that focuses on the application of economics to the analysis of resource allocation, productivity, investment, and trends in the agricultural sector, both domestically and internationally. These programs include courses in economics and related subfields as well as applicable agricultural fields.
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Dalhousie University Faculty of Agriculture
PO Box 550
Truro, NS B2N 5E3
(902) 893-6600
enrolment.services@dal.ca
Program Name:Agriculture - General
Education Level:This program may be offered at the college, trades, or university level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that focuses on the general principles and practice of agricultural research and production and that prepares individuals to apply this knowledge to the solution of practical agricultural problems. These programs include courses in basic animal, plant, and soil science; animal husbandry and plant cultivation; soil conservation; and agricultural operations such as farming, ranching, and agricultural business.
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Dalhousie University Faculty of Agriculture
PO Box 550
Truro, NS B2N 5E3
(902) 893-6600
enrolment.services@dal.ca
Program Name:Animal/livestock husbandry and production
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the trades/college level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals to select, breed, care for, process, and market livestock and small farm animals. These programs include courses in basic animal science, animal nutrition, and animal health as applied to various species and breeds; design and operation of housing, feeding, and processing facilities; and related issues of safety, applicable regulations, logistics, and supply.
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Dalhousie University Faculty of Agriculture
PO Box 550
Truro, NS B2N 5E3
(902) 893-6600
enrolment.services@dal.ca
Program Name:Crop production
Education Level:This program may be offered at the college, trades, or university level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals to cultivate grain, fibre, forage, oilseed, fruits and nuts, vegetables, and other domesticated plant products. These programs include courses in basic principles of plant science, health, and nutrition as applied to particular species and breeds; soil preparation and irrigation; pest management; planting and harvesting operations; product marketing; and applicable issues of safety, regulation, logistics, and supply.
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Dalhousie University Faculty of Agriculture
PO Box 550
Truro, NS B2N 5E3
(902) 893-6600
enrolment.services@dal.ca
Program Name:International agriculture
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the college or university level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that focuses on the application of agricultural management and scientific principles to the problems of global food production and distribution, and to the study of the agricultural systems of other countries. These programs include courses in agricultural economics; comparative agricultural systems; international agribusiness and law; third-world development studies and economic development; and global applications of climate, soil, water resources, ecological and environmental studies, and animal and plant sciences.
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Dalhousie University Faculty of Agriculture
PO Box 550
Truro, NS B2N 5E3
(902) 893-6600
enrolment.services@dal.ca
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