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Set up or maintain laboratory equipment and collect samples from crops or animals. Prepare specimens or record data to assist scientists in biology or related life science experiments.
 Tools & Technology
 Tools used in this occupation:
 
  • Ploughs
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  • Harrows
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  • Cultivators
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  • Graders or land levelers
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  • Disks
  •  Technology used in this occupation:
     
  • Spreadsheet software
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  • Internet browser software
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  • Enterprise resource planning ERP software
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  • Electronic mail software
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  • Desktop publishing software
  •  Tasks
     
  • Record data pertaining to experimentation, research, or animal care.
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  • Prepare data summaries, reports, or analyses that include results, charts, or graphs to document research findings and results.
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  • Conduct insect or plant disease surveys.
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  • Perform general nursery duties, such as propagating standard varieties of plant materials, collecting and germinating seeds, maintaining cuttings of plants, or controlling environmental conditions.
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  • Operate farm machinery, including tractors, plows, mowers, combines, balers, sprayers, earthmoving equipment, or trucks.
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  • Perform crop production duties, such as tilling, hoeing, pruning, weeding, or harvesting crops.
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  • Devise cultural methods or environmental controls for plants for which guidelines are sketchy or nonexistent.
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  • Maintain or repair agricultural facilities, equipment, or tools to ensure operational readiness, safety, and cleanliness.
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  • Transplant trees, vegetables, or horticultural plants.
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  • Supervise or train agricultural technicians or farm laborers.
  •  Skills
     
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
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  • 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.
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  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
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  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
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  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
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  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
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  • Mathematics - Using mathematics to solve problems.
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  • Science - Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
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  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
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  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  •  Knowledge
     
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
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  • Biology - Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
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  • Chemistry - Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal m
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  • 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.
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  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
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  • Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
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  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
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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.
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  • Geography - Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.
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  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
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    Region Average Entry Level  Mid-Range 
    Annual  Hourly 
    Statewide $32,607.00 $15.68  $10.27  $10.27 - $20.88 
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