Colorado Agriculture Program

Which pathway is offered?

  • Agriculture—This pathway prepares students to apply knowledge of engineering, hydraulics, pneumatics, electronics, power, structures, and controls to design agricultural structures, machinery, and equipment and develop ways to conserve soil and water and improve the processing of agricultural products.

What types of jobs can my student learn about and prepare for?*

Some of the jobs include:

  • Agriculture Teachers
  • Environmental Science and Protection Technicians
  • Geologists
  • Loggers
  • Natural Sciences Managers (requires post-secondary education)
  • Soil Specialists
  • Solid Waste Managers
  • Toxicologist
  • Water Quality Manager

What is the salary outlook?*

Salaries vary depending on the job, experience, and location but approximate sample career salaries include:

  • Environmental Science and Protection Technicians—$46,170/year
  • Forest and Conservation Workers—$27,460/year
  • Natural Sciences Managers—$123,860/year

*Some of these jobs require additional education and certifications once a student graduates from high school. Salaries vary depending on the job title, experience, and location. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook. Website last modified date: Friday, April 12, 2019.

Which industry-recognized certifications and exams can my student prepare for?

  • The National Occupational Competency Testing Institute (NOCTI) Agriculture Mechanics
  • ACT National Career Readiness Certification

Many Microsoft® Office certificates can be earned after completing one course. Other certificates require more classes to be better prepared, and students who attend Destinations for at least two years in their desired pathway will have further exposure to career readiness education courses to be prepared for certification testing.