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Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources

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

Careers


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
  • Agronomists
  • ARS Scientists
  • Agriculture mechanics
  • Ranchers
  • Farmers
  • Production supervisors
  • Natural resource specialists
  • Biochemists
  • USDA Graders

  • USDA Inspectors
  • Meat processors
  • Wholesale food purchasers
  • Irrigation specialists
  • Horticulture specialists
  • Landscapers
  • Turf managers
  • Agriculture education teachers
  • Forest geneticists
  • Extension specialists
  • Veterinarians

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 & Technical Student Organizations


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.

Education After High School


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

Student Resources


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:

Additional Resources

For Educators

Forms and Standards

AFNR Content Standards

Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) Codes assist in tracking, assessment, and reporting CTE courses.

CIP Codes for this cluster:

  • 010000
  • 010001
  • 010101
  • 010102
  • 010103
  • 010104
  • 010105
  • 010106
  • 010201
  • 010204
  • 010205
  • 010301
  • 010302
  • 010303
  • 010306
  • 010307
  • 010401
  • 010504
  • 010507
  • 010601
  • 010602
  • 010603
  • 010604
  • 010605
  • 010606
  • 010607
  • 010608
  • 010701
  • 010802
  • 010901
  • 010906
  • 010907
  • 011001
  • 011002
  • 011101
  • 011102
  • 011103
  • 011106
  • 011201
  • 018888
  • 030101
  • 030103
  • 030198
  • 030201
  • 030204
  • 030205
  • 030206
  • 030301
  • 030501
  • 030506
  • 030508
  • 030510
  • 030511
  • 030601
  • 038888
  • 261201
  • 261302
  • 510808
  • Comprehensive CIP Code Chart