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744 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
285 Master's Degrees Annually
#17 in Popularity
$62,810 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Agricultural Education Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many agricultural teacher education graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 744
Master’s Degree 285
Graduate Certificate 43
Doctor’s Degree 41
Associate’s Degree 17

What Agricultural Education Majors Need to Know

O*NET surveyed people in occupations related to agricultural teacher education and asked them what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. The responses were rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.

Knowledge Areas for Agricultural Teacher Education Majors

Agricultural Teacher Education majors often go into careers in which the following knowledge areas are important:

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  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

Skills for Agricultural Teacher Education Majors

A major in agricultural teacher education prepares you for careers in which the following skill-sets are crucial:

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  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Learning Strategies - Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.

Abilities for Agricultural Teacher Education Majors

As a agricultural teacher education major, you will find yourself needing the following abilities:

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  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

What Can You Do With a Agricultural Education Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with agricultural teacher education:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Agricultural Sciences Professors 7.9% $84,640
Career/Technical Education Teachers, Middle School 7.1% $59,230
Career/Technical Education Teachers, Secondary School 6.4% $60,250
Education Professors 10.3% $64,780
Vocational Education Professors 1.4% $53,120

Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Agricultural Education?

744 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
73% Percent Women
13% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This major is dominated by women with about 73% of recent graduates being female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of agricultural teacher education majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Agricultural Teacher Education Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 5
Black or African American 11
Hispanic or Latino 61
White 631
International Students 1
Other Races/Ethnicities 35

Geographic Diversity

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in Agricultural Teacher Education. About 0.1% of those with this major are international students.

How Much Do Agricultural Education Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Average salaries range from $62,570 to $73,680 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to agricultural teacher education. This range includes all degree levels, so the salary for a person with just a bachelor’s degree may be a little less and the one for a person with an advanced degree may be a little more.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

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Some degrees associated with agricultural teacher education may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. In general, the more advanced your degree the more career options will open up to you. However, there is significant time and money that needs to be invested into your education so weigh the pros and cons.

Find out what the typical degree level is for agricultural teacher education careers below.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 0.6%
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production) 8.0%
Some College Courses 1.8%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 11.4%
Bachelor’s Degree 33.8%
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Baccalaureate degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees carrying the title of Master. 2.6%
Master’s Degree 11.6%
Post-Master’s Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Master’s degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees at the doctoral level. 0.2%
Doctoral Degree 25.6%
Post-Doctoral Training 4.5%

Online Agricultural Education Programs

In the 2018-2019 academic year, 73 schools offered some type of agricultural teacher education program. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 0 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 0 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 6 1
Bachelor’s Degree 3 1
Post-Baccalaureate 0 0
Master’s Degree 37 13
Post-Master’s 2 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 10 1
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Agricultural Education Worth It?

The median salary for a agricultural teacher education grad is $62,810 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 57% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $458,200 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to agricultural teacher education.

Major Number of Grads
Physical Education Teaching & Coaching 8,634
Reading Teacher Education 6,530
Music Education 4,575
English & Language Arts Education 3,287
Mathematics Education 3,164
Other Teacher Education & Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas 2,654
Health Education 1,821
Social Studies Education 1,623
Art Education 1,617
Science Education 1,430
Trade & Industrial Teacher Education 773
Technology Education 715
History Education 701
Biology Education 689
Social Science Teacher Education 605
Technical Teacher Education 495
Spanish Education 437
School Librarian/School Library Media Specialist 343
Family & Consumer Sciences/Home Economics Teacher Education 341
Health Occupations Teacher Education 318
Modern Language Education 257
Business Education 230
Drama & Dance Education 224
Computer Teacher Education 216
Chemistry Education 185
Earth Science Teacher Education 150
Physics Education 123
Environmental Education 78
Driver & Safety Teacher Education 54
Speech Teacher Education 48
French Language Teacher Education 35
German Language Teacher Education 11
Distributive Education 10
Psychology Teacher Education 6
Latin Teacher Education 5
Geography Teacher Education 2

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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