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Title: Agricultural Careers


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Agricultural Careers Extension Specialist
Dr. Frank Flanders and Anna Burgess Georgia
Agricultural Education Curriculum Office Georgia
Department of Education March 2006
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Job Duties Responsibilities
  • Instruct extension workers and develop
    specialized service activities in the area of
    agriculture consumer information
  • Plan, develop, organize, and evaluate training
    programs
  • Deliver lectures to commercial and community
    organizations and over radio and television
    promoting the development of agricultural or
    domestic skills
  • Analyze research data and plan activities to
    coordinate services with those offered by other
    departments, agencies, and organizations
  • Conduct workshops for groups such as dairy
    farmers, grain producers, and beef, poultry or
    swine producers
  • Coordinate programs for youth through 4-H
  • Determine program needs by monitoring
  • trends and issues
  • Conduct research in specialization area

3
Work Environment
  • Approximately 70 of work is indoors and 30 is
    outdoors with some travel to state wide meetings,
    most of the work is office based
  • Work extensively with others
  • Work week is usually 40 hours
  • Working conditions are fairly comfortable unless
    visiting a farm or outdoor facility where weather
    might be unpleasant

4
Salary
  • Salaries of Extension specialists vary greatly,
    generally being based on years of experience,
    highest degree earned, and their skills in a
    specialty area
  • The salary for an extension specialist is in the
    range of 30,000-70,000 per year

5
Qualities and Skills
  • Working well with adults and students is very
    important to building up good relationships with
    the local community members and students
  • An extension specialist needs to be able to plan
    and implement programs and interpret research
    from colleges and universities
  • Good communication and public relations skills
    are a must
  • One should be logical as well as open minded to
    new methods, teachings and possess good
    problem-solving skills

6
Education
  • Have a minimum of a Masters Degree in a relevant
    discipline with a Doctoral Degree preferred

Other Careers You Might Want to Explore
  • Agricultural Education Teacher
  • Cooperative Extension Agent
  • Consulting Forester
  • Crop Consultant

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Career Resources
National Association of Extension 4-H
Agents Internet http//www.nae4ha.org Epsilon
Sigma Phi Internet http//espnational.org Natio
nal Association of County Agricultural
Agents Internet http//www.nacaa.com Joint
Council of Extension Professionals Internet
http//www.jcep.org
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