Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources


Career Summary

This Career Cluster prepares learners for careers in the planning, implementation, production, management, processing and/or marketing of agricultural commodities and services. This includes food, fiber, wood products, natural resources, horticulture, and other plant and animal products. It also includes related professional, technical and educational services. Multiple pathways can be taken in this career area. The seven pathways include: Food Products & Processing Systems, Plant Systems, Animal Systems, Power, Structural & Technical Systems, Natural Resource Systems, Environmental Service Systems, and Agribusiness Systems.

Career Pathways


  • Animal Basics

  • Large Animal/Herd

  • Small Animal/Vet Assistant


Power, Structural, and Technical Systems:

  • Agriculture Mechanic Technician



  • Plant Basics

  • Crops

  • Greenhouse/Floral

  • Landscaping


Environmental Systems:

  • Water Resources

Career Options

  • Agriculture bankers

  • Commodity traders

  • Plant pathologists

  • Agronomists

  • ARS Scientists

  • Agriculture mechanics

  • Ranchers

  • Farmers

  • Production supervisors

  • Natural resource specialists

  • Biochemists

  • USDA Graders

  • USDA Inspectors

  • Meat processors

  • Wholesale food purchasers

  • Irrigation specialists

  • Horticulture specialists

  • Landscapers

  • Turf managers

  • Agriculture education teachers

  • Forest geneticists

  • Extension specialists

  • Veterinarians

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