Why Teach Agriculture? Agriculture teachers inspire growth.
- Teach by doing
- Share their passion for agriculture
- Create/Teach lessons that are hands-on
- Reach students, including those who might not be successful in a traditional classroom
- Teach about cutting-edge topics like cloning, satellite mapping, bio-fuels, and alternative energies
- Travel in state, nationally and even internationally
- Work with new and emerging technology from agribusiness companies
Agriculture teachers rarely experience the same day twice. One day they might be in a classroom or laboratory, while the next day they are visiting students in the field. They may spend a day preparing teams for a Future Farmers of AmericaTM Career Development Event, or leading a community service activity with an FFA Chapter.
Agricultural education teaches future educators about agriculture, food and natural resources. Through these subjects, agricultural educators teach students a wide variety of skills, including science, math, communications, leadership, management and technology.
Potential jobs for graduates with a degree in agricultural education include teaching high school agricultural science, agriculture literacy coordinator, agricultural education professor, farm business management instructor, two-year technical college agriculture instructor, adult agricultural education instructor and more.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, overall employment of postsecondary teachers is projected to grow 12 percent from 2021 to 2031, much faster than the average for all occupations.
About 132,600 openings for postsecondary teachers are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.
The number of people attending postsecondary institutions is expected to grow in the next decade. Students will continue to seek higher education to gain the additional education and skills necessary to meet their career goals. As more people enter colleges and universities, more postsecondary teachers will be needed to serve these additional students. Colleges and universities are likely to hire more part-time teachers to meet this demand. In all disciplines, there is expected to be a limited number of full-time nontenure and full-time tenure positions.
However, despite expected increases in enrollment, employment growth in public colleges and universities will depend on state and local government budgets. If budgets for higher education are reduced, employment growth may be limited.
Overall employment of postsecondary teachers is projected to increase, but it will vary by field. For example, employment of health specialties teachers is projected to grow 26 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. As an aging population increasingly demands healthcare services, additional postsecondary teachers are expected to be needed to help educate the workers who will provide these services.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of high school teachers is projected to grow 5 percent from 2021 to 2031, about as fast as the average for all occupations.
About 77,900 openings for high school teachers are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.
Employment growth for public high school teachers may depend on state and local government budgets. If state and local governments experience budget deficits, school boards may lay off employees, including teachers. As a result, employment growth of high school teachers may be reduced by state and local government budget deficits. Conversely, budget surpluses at the state and local level could lead to additional employment growth for high school teachers.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics lists the median annual wage for postsecondary teachers was $79,640 per year in May 2022.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics lists the median annual wage for high school teachers was $61,820 per year in May 2022.
Agriculture Program Student Learning Outcomes:
- Produce a written document that clearly explains an agricultural concept.
- Analyze information and use critical thinking to solve an agricultural problem.
- Explain how agriculture relates to global, social, and cultural concepts.
- Develop skills useful in the agriculture industry or transfer to an agricultural degree.
- Apply scientific information and the scientific method to explain agricultural concepts.