Agricultural Research Engineer

Help solve agricultural problems through research and experiments.
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Salary Range
$42,000 – $115,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Agricultural Research Engineers do?

People have been planting seeds and raising animals for thousands of years. Some of the methods used by our early ancestors aren’t terribly effective, and can lead to wasted water, time, and money. An Agricultural Research Engineer looks for ways to make agricultural processes more efficient and profitable.

Engineering begins with a problem. If you’re an Agricultural Research Engineer, perhaps your clients want to reduce the amount of water they must spray on their crops. Or perhaps your company is looking for new ways to manage waste from animals.

You look over the problem carefully, and thoroughly research solutions that have been tried by other Agricultural Research Engineers. Slowly, you begin to form an idea about what you can do to solve the problem.

As you begin to research your solution, you build computer simulations to make sure your solution will work. Once you’ve perfected your simulations, you write a report that describes your solution. Sometimes, you give a presentation to describe your research; other times, you just let people read the report you so carefully put together.

If your solution is accepted, you begin to build prototypes or real models, and you perform hours and hours of tests. Each test must be carefully documented so you can prove that your solutions really do work and that you’re not messing with the results.

If your solution passes all tests, it moves along to production. You say goodbye to your creation, wishing it well, and you move on to the next project.

Should I be an Agricultural Research Engineer?

You should have a bachelor's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Logical Thinker: You take a step-by-step approach to analyze information and solve problems.

  • Also known as: Research Agricultural Engineer, Research Leader

    How to Become an
    Agricultural Research Engineer

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