In the Philippines, an agriculturist’s entry level salary ranges from P13,000 - P15,000 per month and may even go up to P22,000 per month for those highly-trained and experienced. Overseas, such as in the U.S. & Canada, the annual average salary for an agriculturist may range from $29,000 to $49,000 for those highly experienced.
Basic Educational Requirement
To be an Agriculturist, one must have a bachelor’s degree in Agriculture or Agricultural Management and have passed the board exam for the agriculturist given by the Philippine Regulation Commission (PRC). Afterwards, he/she then specializes in an area of study through experience or a master’s degree.
Cost of Education *
A bachelor’s course for agriculturist ranges approximately from P18,000 - P25,000 per semester in private technical schools and about P7,000 to P10,000 in public institutions. The course normally takes 4 years to finish.
Agriculturists can work outside on fields and pastures, as well as indoors, on research labs and boardrooms, giving seminars and information sessions. They work for government departments or private entities, farming and breeding associations, universities and colleges. They also worked as advisors to individual ranchers and farmers.
Prospects for Career Advancement
Agriculturists can specialize in many different areas, so there should always be opportunities for advancement and exploration of other areas of agricultural study. They can work for research companies, or start up a private business of their own, in agricultural counseling, or otherwise. They can write books and articles about agriculture, become environmental advocates, or start up their own organic farms.
Nature of Work
An Agriculturist is a specialist in all areas of cultivation and raising livestock. He/She is a scientist who advises farmers on soil management, breeding animals’ living conditions, crop protection, environmental sustainability, disease and harvesting. He/She works both for government agencies, and private entities as well as independently, bringing information and advice to food producers. An Agriculturist is trained in general agricultural studies, but usually specializes either on the job or in a master’s program in one or more areas of agricultural science such as Crop Specialization, Animal Specialization, Farm Management Specialization and Bio-technology Specialization.
- Carries out applied and field research into environmental conditions, product effectiveness and animal nutrition and health;
- Provides farmers with appropriate news, information or developments;
- Visits farms and production sites for evaluations;
- Responds to questions from individual farmers, farming associations, government agencies and the general public about health of food, soil and environment;
- Conducts information sessions, seminars and workshop with large numbers of farmers; and
- Demonstrates new products or services.
Skills and Competencies
- Must have an interest in the science of both animals and plants;
- Should have strong organizational skills;
- Good communication and listening skills;
- Must be able to work alone as well as part of a team;
- Should be analytical and creative when it comes to problem solving; and
- Love outdoors and enjoy helping others solve problem.
Physical Attributes and Characteristics
- Physically fit;
- Interest in science particularly biology;
- Dedication to work;
- Service oriented; and
- Good interpersonal relations.
* Based on tuition fee rates for school year 2010-2011.