Employment of agricultural and food technicians is projected to grow 5 percent from 2014 to 2024, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Advances in technology and scientific knowledge related to food production will require greater control of the production and processing activities, increasing demand for these workers. Continued population growth will drive the need to make production and processing methods more efficient. Greater awareness and enforcement of food safety regulations will expand inspection requirements, increasing the need for agricultural and food science technicians as producers and manufacturers seek ways to improve the quality of their products.
Agricultural and Food Science Technicians
Percent change in employment, projected 2014-24
Total, all occupations
Life, physical, and social science technicians
Agricultural and food science technicians
Note: All Occupations includes all occupations in the U.S. Economy. Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment Projections program