Agricultural Representatives, Consultants, and Specialists

(NOC 2123)

in All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology

Agricultural representatives, consultants and specialists provide assistance and advice to farmers on all aspects of farm management, cultivation, fertilization, harvesting, soil erosion and composition, disease prevention, nutrition, crop rotation and marketing. Agrologists study farm crops and animals and develop ways of improving their quantity and quality, and controlling pests and weeds more effectively. They also research methods of changing raw agricultural commodities into healthy food products for consumers. They are employed by businesses, institutions and governments that assist the farming community, or they may be self-employed.

Job Outlook

Undetermined

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  • Estimate change in employment not available for this occupation.
  • Estimate openings due to growth and retirements not available for this occupation.
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for this occupation.

Compared to: All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology

  • Estimate Strong growth employment change, 2017-2019
  • Estimate 3095 openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019
  • Estimate Low rate of unemployment in 2016

This is not a large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities may not be that frequent. With a small percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are not expected to be a major contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Agricultural Representatives, Consultants, and Specialists most commonly work full-time hours. Furthermore, the jobs are typically permanent positions.

The median employment income for 88% of Agricultural Representatives, Consultants, and Specialists who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $66,825. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2016 Census)

Hourly Pay

N/A

Minimum

N/A

Median

N/A

Maximum

Annual Pay

N/A

Minimum

$62,205

Median

N/A

Maximum

Compared to: All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology

Hourly Pay

$17.69

Minimum

$31.35

Median

$47.18

Maximum

Annual Pay

$13,568

Minimum

$60,422

Median

$107,009

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

Agricultural representatives, consultants and specialists provide assistance and advice to farmers on all aspects of farm management, cultivation, fertilization, harvesting, soil erosion and composition, disease prevention, nutrition, crop rotation and marketing. Agrologists study farm crops and animals and develop ways of improving their quantity and quality, and controlling pests and weeds more effectively. They also research methods of changing raw agricultural commodities into healthy food products for consumers. They are employed by businesses, institutions and governments that assist the farming community, or they may be self-employed.

Job duties

Agricultural representatives, consultants and specialists perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Provide counselling and advisory services to farmers on crop cultivation and fertilization, harvesting, animal and poultry care, disease prevention, farm management, farm financing, marketing and other agricultural subjects.
  • Prepare and conduct advisory information sessions and lectures for farmers and other groups.
  • Conduct research, analyze agricultural data and prepare research reports.
  • Liaise with researchers, educators and government or business managers on matters pertaining to farming and agriculture.
  • Maintain records of services provided and the effects of advice given.

Sample job titles

  • agricultural consultant
  • agricultural livestock specialist
  • agricultural soil and crop specialist
  • agriculturist
  • agrologist
  • agronomist
  • farm management consultant
  • irrigation consultant - agriculture
  • soil conservationist

Skills

To work in this field, you should enjoy diverse working conditions. Good observation skills and analytical abilities are also important. You must communicate and cooperate well with others, as agrologists often work in teams. A farming background is helpful but not necessary.

Job requirements

  • A bachelor's or master's degree in agriculture or in a related science is required.
  • Membership or eligibility for membership in a provincial institute of agrology is usually required.

Other considerations

Unlike other agricultural occupations, there are no significant seasonal patterns of unemployment. Progression to management positions is possible with experience.

By the numbers

Quick look

80

employed in 2016

100.0%

employed full-time

18.8%

self employed

36.8%
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63.2%
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44.2

median age

Compared to: All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology

25,875

employed in 2016

93.6%

employed full-time

6.9%

self employed

20.0%
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80%
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42.8

median age

Where will I likely work?

57.9%

Northern

26.3%

Annapolis Valley

10.5%

Halifax

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

Northern

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

25.0%

Agriculture

20.0%

Other Professional Services

15.0%

Public Administration

10.0%

Finance, Insurance, Real Estate & Leasing

10.0%

Food and Beverage Product Manufacturing

What is the age of Employment?

44.4%

35-44

33.3%

55-64

22.2%

25-34

Compared to: All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology

32.5%

35-44

32.0%

45-54

18.0%

55-64

13.5%

25-34

3.5%

65+

Top levels of education

47.1%

Bachelor's degree

N/A
41.2%

Doctorate

N/A

Compared to: All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology

33.7%

College certificate or diploma

$52,476 median annual income
29.7%

Bachelor's degree

$58,011 median annual income
12.1%

High school

$35,125 median annual income
9.7%

Master's degree

$37,706 median annual income
6.8%

Trades certificate

$54,923 median annual income

Education & training

Agricultural business and management - General

This program may be offered at the college, trades, or university level.

This instructional program class comprises any general program that focuses on modern business and economic principles involved in the organization, operation, and management of agricultural enterprises.

Institutions providing this program

Dalhousie University Faculty of Agriculture

PO Box 550

Truro, NS B2N 5E3

(902) 893-6600

Agricultural economics

This program is typically offered at the college or university level.

This instructional program class comprises any program that focuses on the application of economics to the analysis of resource allocation, productivity, investment, and trends in the agricultural sector, both domestically and internationally. These programs include courses in economics and related subfields as well as applicable agricultural fields.

Institutions providing this program

Dalhousie University Faculty of Agriculture

PO Box 550

Truro, NS B2N 5E3

(902) 893-6600

Agriculture - General

This program may be offered at the college, trades, or university level.

This instructional program class comprises any program that focuses on the general principles and practice of agricultural research and production and that prepares individuals to apply this knowledge to the solution of practical agricultural problems. These programs include courses in basic animal, plant, and soil science; animal husbandry and plant cultivation; soil conservation; and agricultural operations such as farming, ranching, and agricultural business.

Institutions providing this program

Dalhousie University Faculty of Agriculture

PO Box 550

Truro, NS B2N 5E3

(902) 893-6600

Animal/livestock husbandry and production

This program is typically offered at the trades/college level.

This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals to select, breed, care for, process, and market livestock and small farm animals. These programs include courses in basic animal science, animal nutrition, and animal health as applied to various species and breeds; design and operation of housing, feeding, and processing facilities; and related issues of safety, applicable regulations, logistics, and supply.

Institutions providing this program

Dalhousie University Faculty of Agriculture

PO Box 550

Truro, NS B2N 5E3

(902) 893-6600

Crop production

This program may be offered at the college, trades, or university level.

This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals to cultivate grain, fibre, forage, oilseed, fruits and nuts, vegetables, and other domesticated plant products. These programs include courses in basic principles of plant science, health, and nutrition as applied to particular species and breeds; soil preparation and irrigation; pest management; planting and harvesting operations; product marketing; and applicable issues of safety, regulation, logistics, and supply.

Institutions providing this program

Dalhousie University Faculty of Agriculture

PO Box 550

Truro, NS B2N 5E3

(902) 893-6600

International agriculture

This program is typically offered at the college or university level.

This instructional program class comprises any program that focuses on the application of agricultural management and scientific principles to the problems of global food production and distribution, and to the study of the agricultural systems of other countries. These programs include courses in agricultural economics; comparative agricultural systems; international agribusiness and law; third-world development studies and economic development; and global applications of climate, soil, water resources, ecological and environmental studies, and animal and plant sciences.

Institutions providing this program

Dalhousie University Faculty of Agriculture

PO Box 550

Truro, NS B2N 5E3

(902) 893-6600

Employment requirements & contacts

Regulations

Agrologist

Right to Title and Practice: This job is regulated and the job title is protected in Nova Scotia (you may not use this job title without holding a provincial licence). A licence shows that the holder has met provincial requirements and is required to work in this job.

Regulating body:
Nova Scotia Institute of Agrologists
60 Research Drive
Bible Hill, NS B6L 2R2
(902) 897-6742

Contacts

Agricultural Institute of Canada
Suite 320, 176 Gloucester Street
Ottawa, ON K2P 0A6
Tel: (613) 232-9459
Fax: (613) 594-5190

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