In CTE Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Career Cluster classes, the topic is life. As long as human beings inhabit the planet, we will have a need for scientists and technicians to ensure that we are responsibly managing our food production and our natural resources consumption.
This career cluster is organized into eight career pathways:
- Animal systems
- Agribusiness systems
- Biotechnology systems
- Environmental service systems
- Food products and processing systems
- Natural resources systems
- Plant systems
- Power, structural and technical systems
Students in agriculture, food and natural resources learn and practice skills that prepare them for diverse post-high school education and training opportunities, from apprenticeships and two-year college programs to four-year college and graduate programs.
CTE classes in this cluster will introduce you to a variety of interesting careers including:
- Agriculture bankers
- Commodity traders
- Plant pathologists
- ARS Scientists
- Agriculture mechanics
- Production supervisors
- Natural resource specialists
- USDA Graders
- USDA Inspectors
- Meat processors
- Wholesale food purchasers
- Irrigation specialists
- Horticulture specialists
- Turf managers
- Agriculture education teachers
- Forest geneticists
- Extension specialists
|Note: Each school and school district has different CTE options. Not every district has classes in every cluster, nor does every district offer CTE dual credit and Advanced Placement options.
Career and technical student organizations are much more than clubs. They provide opportunities for hands-on learning, and for applying career, leadership and personal skills in real-world environments. Participants build their skills by developing projects, attending events, and competing regionally and nationally.
The student organization for agriculture, food and natural resources is Washington FFA.
It is fact that young people who have at least one year of post-high school education earn thousands of dollars more a year. So, if you spend even one year at a two- or four-year college, in a certificate program at a technical school, or in an apprenticeship after you graduate from high school, you will very likely earn higher wages all your life. By furthering your education, you will be better-prepared to successfully navigate the world of work.
After taking CTE classes in agriculture, food and natural resources, you could pursue any number of opportunities including:
- A certificate in green industry careers
- An apprenticeship
- A two- or four-year college program to become an agriculture scientist, teacher or banker; an agriculture financial manager; or a veterinarian
Middle and High School
Apprenticeship and College
More than 1,000 jobs in Washington are connected to an active, registered apprenticeship program. For more information about apprenticeships and colleges, visit:
Forms and Standards
Model curriculum frameworks provide state standards on select courses – these are adapted at the local level.
Frameworks with multiple CIP Codes listed may be used to develop courses in each of the eight AG pathways. Use only one CIP Code per developed framework.
State Model Frameworks:
- Agribusiness Systems (010101, 010102, 010103, 010104, 010105, 010106)
- Agricultural Biotechnology (261201)
- Animal Systems (010301, 010302, 010303, 010306, 010307, 010504, 010507, 010901, 010906, 010907, 030301, 030601)
- Environmental Service Systems (030103, 030198)
- Food Products and Processing Systems (010401, 011001, 011002)
- Natural Resources Systems (030201, 030101, 030204, 030205)
- Plant Systems (010301 and 15 others)
- Power, Structural and Technical Systems (010201, 010204, 010205)
Career cluster skills documents may be integrated within locally developed frameworks to show specific skill development within the course.
- Life-Knowledge Skills (ZIP)
Supervised Agriculture Experience (SAE) language must be included in each course framework. The following is an example that may be included in a locally developed framework.
- SAE Model Framework Language 2011
+ CIP Codes
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) Codes assist in tracking, assessment, and reporting CTE courses.
CIP Codes for this cluster:
- Comprehensive CIP Code Chart
For more information about this career cluster:
H. Wayne Gilman
Program Supervisor, Agriculture
Education and Science