Agriculture, Natural Resources and Animal Science

Food production and agriculture is the third-largest industry in New Jersey, after pharmaceuticals and tourism.

Today’s county vocational-technical school’s agriculture, natural resources and animal sciences programs are science-based and technology-driven, to prepare students for continued study and a wide range of career pathways.

Career pathways in this industry include:

  • Agricultural Scientist
  • Commercial Fisherman
  • Farm manager
  • Game Warden
  • Greenhouse Specialist
  • Microbiologist
  • Plant Scientist
  • Stable Manager
  • Veterinarian
  • Veterinary Assistant/Technician
  • Animal Trainer
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Floral Designer
  • Geneticist
  • Landscape Designer/Landscaper
  • Park Ranger
  • Soil and Water Conservationist
  • Turf Management Specialist
  • Wildlife Biologist
  • Zoologist

For students and parents:

To see what agriculture, natural resources and animal science programs the vocational-technical school in your county offers, find your school.


For more information about careers in these areas:

Check out videos on various career pathways in agriculture, food and natural resources at NJCareerConnections.

O*Net Online has comprehensive information on all types of jobs, including surveys that help people find careers they might enjoy.

NJ Department of Agriculture – Agricultural Education

FFA is the national student organization for agricultural education. Most county vocational-technical schools with agriculture programs have an FFA chapter.

FFA AgExplorer