Occupational Employment Statistics


19-4011 Agricultural and Food Science Technicians

Work with agricultural and food scientists in food, fiber, and animal research, production, and processing; and assist with animal breeding and nutrition. Conduct tests and experiments to improve yield and quality of crops or to increase the resistance of plants and animals to disease or insects. Includes technicians who assist food scientists or technologists in the research and development of production technology, quality control, packaging, processing, and use of foods.

Geography EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Northwest Minnesota 18039$19.51/hr$14.88/hr$16.28/hr$18.84/hr$22.48/hr$25.37/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Natural Resources and MiningN/A$14.54/hr
Trade, Transportation and Utilities90$22.21/hr
Professional and Business Services240$20.72/hr
Education and Health ServicesN/AN/A
Other ServicesN/AN/A
Public Administration40$16.47/hr
Geography EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Rochester MN MSA N/A$14.23/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State N/A$21.36/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota N/AN/AN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 40N/AN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 70$17.60/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 80$20.87/hrN/A
Southeast Minnesota 80$20.31/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 80$20.76/hrN/A
Northwest Balance of State 90$20.01/hrN/A
Central Minnesota 90$19.25/hr15.1%
Southwest Minnesota 120$20.26/hr0.0%
Northwest Minnesota 180$18.84/hr8.1%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 260$21.65/hr5.8%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 370$20.79/hrN/A
Minnesota 820$20.04/hr7.3%

Occupations EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Life, Physical, and Social Science Technicians, All Other 940$22.96/hr7.8%
Agricultural Inspectors 260$22.41/hr8.5%
Geological and Petroleum Technicians N/A$26.69/hr4.0%

  • Provide assistance to food scientists or technologists in research and development, production technology, or quality control.
  • Perform regular maintenance of laboratory equipment by inspecting, calibrating, cleaning, or sterilizing.
  • Record or compile test results or prepare graphs, charts, or reports.
  • Conduct standardized tests on food, beverages, additives, or preservatives to ensure compliance with standards and regulations regarding factors such as color, texture, or nutrients.
  • Maintain records of testing results or other documents as required by state or other governing agencies.
  • Mix, blend, or cultivate ingredients to make reagents or to manufacture food or beverage products.
  • Record data pertaining to experimentation, research, or animal care.
  • Examine animals or crop specimens to determine the presence of diseases or other problems.
  • Record data pertaining to experimentation, research, or animal care.
  • Taste or smell foods or beverages to ensure that flavors meet specifications or to select samples with specific characteristics.