STEM Career Opportunities

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, (STEM) is a national initiative to prepare young Americans for today’s and tomorrow’s jobs, ensuring that our country remains a leader in technology and innovation. Some of STEM’s goals are to engage in community outreach activities, provide internship, research, and teaching opportunities for AHC students, and to improve and streamline the transfer process of AHC students to California State Universities and University of California schools. 

Agriculture is a much broader field than most are familiar with. Careers are not limited to production-based farming, as is traditionally thought.  In fact, most of the agriculture industry is science-based and the need for cutting-edge research and development is at its highest. 

From solving crop growth problems locally, to troubleshooting hydrology issues in third world countries, agriculture is increasingly being recognized as one STEM’s most diverse and in-demand fields of study. 

STEM Careers in Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources

Vineyard work

Animals

  • Animal Geneticist
  • Animal Nutritionist
  • Animal Physiologist
  • Biotechnologist
  • Entomologist
  • Geneticist
  • Nematologist
  • Toxicologist
  • Veterinarian
  • Virologist 

Business and Economics

  • Agricultural Economist
  • Biometrician
  • Science Writer 

Chemical  and Biological Research

  • Biochemist
  • Biotechnologist
  • Genetecist
  • Molecular Biologist
  • Toxicologist
  • Virologist 

Industrial and Production Engineering

  • Agricultural Engineer
  • Food Process Engineer
  • Food Safety Specialist
  • Food Scientist
  • Geneticist 

Environmental

  • Agronomist
  • Botanist (Plant Biologist)
  • Climatologist
  • Conservation Biologist
  • Ecologist
  • Entomologist
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Forest (or Logging) Engineer
  • Forester
  • Horticulturalist
  • Hydrologist
  • Range Manager
  • Renewable Energy Specialist
  • Soil Scientist
  • Toxicologist
  • Turf Scientist
  • Weed Scientist
  • Wildlife Biologist 

Food Research and Pharmaceutical Production

  • Biological Engineer
  • Biometrician
  • Biotechnologist
  • Nanotechnologist
  • Plant Pathologist 

Plant and Animal Marine Life

  • Animal Nutritionist
  • Aquaculturist
  • Biotechnologist
  • Fisheries Scientist
  • Marine Scientist
  • Nematologist
  • Virologist
  • Wildlife Biologist 

Plants

  • Agronomist
  • Biotechnologist
  • Botanist (Plant Biologist)
  • Entomologist
  • Geneticist
  • Horticulturist
  • Nematologist
  • Plant Pathologist
  • Plant Physiologist
  • Toxicologist
  • Virologist
  • Viticulturist
  • Weed Scientist 

Renewable and Sustainable Energy

  • Biological Engineer
  • Renewable Energy Specialist 

Teaching

  • Animal Well-Being Specialist
  • Animal Nutritionist
  • Biochemist
  • Ecologist
  • Nanotechnologist
  • Naturalist
  • Nematologist
  • Nutritionist/Dietitian 

TYPES OF LIFE SCIENCE DEGREES REQUIRED:

  • Agronomy 
  • Animal Science
  • Biochemistry
  • Chemistry
  • Entomology
  • Genetics
  • Horticulture
  • Microbiology
  • Plant Pathology
  • Soil Science
  • Viticulture

HIGH SCHOOL SUBJECTS TO EMPHASIZE:

Math:  Algebra, Calculus, Geometry, Statistics

Science:  Agricultural Science, Biology, Botany, Chemistry, Physics

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Allyson Noland

Allyson Noland
Agribusiness Student

"I chose to take classes here in the agribusiness program because I work in the wine industry and really feel that it's important to have as much knowledge as possible. My purpose in taking classes is just to educate myself so then I can hopefully go back to work and educate both my coworkers as well as customers that we have."
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