Agriculture & Natural Resources Career Clusters

 

Washington’s agriculture and natural resource industries require a highly skilled workforce, and continue to expand into practices and technologies that promote sustainability in our natural world and our global food supply.

Agriculture and Natural Resource based careers in Washington can be found on farms, in forests, on fishing vessels, in labs, and on salesroom floors.

Career pathways identify the knowledge and skill students need as they follow a pathway toward their career goal. The Agriculture & Natural Resource Career Clusters are divided into seven pathways, each grouped by common knowledge and skills required of occupations in the agriculture and natural resource career fields.

Agribusiness Pathway:

  • Those who work in this pathway coordinate activities that contribute to the production, processing, marketing, distribution, financing, and development of agricultural commodities and resources.

Animal Science Pathway:

  • Those who work in this pathway provide care for animals; promoting animal health, developing better livestock production methods, and processing meat and dairy products.

Biotechnology System Pathway:

  • Those who work in this pathway use skills and knowledge of biofuel plants, municipal wastewater treatment plants, industrial food and beverage processors, pulp and paper mills, and cogeneration facilities.

Environmental Science Pathway:

  • Those who work in this pathway are involved in water and air pollution control, recycling, waste disposal, regulatory issues, and public health issues.

Natural Resource Pathway:

  • Those who work in this pathway coordinate and implement practices that contribute to the development, maintenance, use, and management of the natural environment.

Plant Science Pathway:

  • Those who work in this pathway help producers of feed, fiber, and food crops expand production while conserving natural resources and maintaining the environment.

Power, Structural, & Technical Pathway:

  • Those who work in this pathway apply knowledge of engineering, hydraulics, pneumatics, electronics, power, structures, and controls to the field of agriculture.