Is Agricultural Engineering in high demand?
- Anonymous7 years agoFavorite Answer
Our modern system of using our biological resources and developing agriculture is largely a result of agricultural engineering. At the forefront of these technologies and processes are the engineers themselves, designing machinery and equipment, structures, sensors and other products or techniques used for agriculture. They also commonly specialize in a sub-field like environmental or bioprocess engineering or power systems. Agricultural engineering is a valuable necessity in the U.S., but salaries for engineers range depending on a few conditions.
In the BLS survey, California had an annual mean wage of $76,770, close to the national figure. Some states saw lower wages, such as South Dakota at $58,120 a year on average, or Florida, where agricultural engineers only averaged $48,690 a year. However, some areas provided exceptional salaries in 2010. Engineers in Georgia averaged $89,210 a year, those in North Carolina made $96,060 on average, and in Texas the annual mean wage was $97,040. The highest-paying state in the country for agricultural engineers was Washington, boasting an annual mean wage of $98,990. The highest-paying city was the Houston metro area with an annual mean wage of $114,890.
The largest number of agricultural engineers worked for architectural and engineering firms in 2010, earning $77,380 a year on average. The federal government also employed many, paying an average of $80,900 a year. Lower-paying positions were found in colleges and universities, where engineers only made $59,190 on average, and those in agricultural machinery manufacturers only averaged $65,930 annually. The highest-paying employers were scientific and technical consulting companies, paying $122,330 a year on average.
Demand and Outlook
According to the BLS, agricultural engineers consist of the smallest number of employed engineers in the country, and most states reported a relatively low concentration of agricultural engineers within the industry. As the population of the U.S. expands, crop yields will need to increase, which will help fuel job growth. The BLS estimates that employment for agricultural engineers will grow at a rate of 12 percent over the next several years.
- TamaraLv 47 years ago
Yes, of course. Agricultural engineers work to make farming a sustainable and safe process. They develop methods and design equipment that is not only more environmentally friendly, but also increases yields and protects the health and safety of workers and animals. In addition to increasing crop yields, they also find ways to reduce crop loss during handling, sorting, packing and processing. These professionals work in a variety of industries, some of which will produce additional agricultural engineering jobs, while they will experience negative growth in other industries.
- Anonymous7 years ago
Agricultural engineers apply engineering knowledge to the many forms of agriculture, from traditional farming to forestry to aquaculture. Agricultural engineers help to design the machinery that makes agriculture possible, and they work to improve the ways in which food and other agricultural products are processed and brought to market.
- CherylLv 45 years ago
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- 7 years ago
All aspects of agriculture from before sowing until food processing are depended to agricultural engineering. For example, seed winnow machinery, planting machine, chemical sprayers, irrigation technology, pumps, harvest combines, post harvest machines, food industries, and so on.