Michigan Agriculture in the Classroom

Technical Systems


Techies wanted to advance agriculture

Careers involving technical systems keep agriculture running. Technology is ever increasing on and off the farm, and professionals are needed to bring the latest innovations to harvesting, livestock care, processing and packaging.

Outlined below is a sampling of careers the technical systems sector has to offer. The amount of training required is a general guide. More or less training could be necessary for a specific job.

High school tips

If you're in high school and interested in a technical systems career requiring a four-year degree or additional education, it is recommended you take math and physical science courses in addition to the suggested college preparatory courses determined by the college of your choice. It is also beneficial to take career and technical education courses relating to agriculture, mechanics, or design.

If a technical systems career requiring less training than a four-year college degree appeals to you, you're encouraged to participate in a career and technical education program relating to agriculture, mechanics, design or skilled trades such as electrical, plumbing, welding or construction.

Careers that require advanced degrees:

  • Laboratory Manager

Careers that require a 4-year college degree:

  • Engineer
  • Equipment Design
  • Growing Systems Design (Greenhouse, Vineyard, Etc.)
  • Irrigation Engineer
  • Safety Regulator
  • Waste Management Specialist
  • Weights and Measures Specialist

Careers that require at least some post-high school training or a 2-year degree:

  • Agricultural Aviator

Careers that do not require a college degree but require certifications and training:

  • Construction Worker
  • Diesel Mechanic
  • Electrician
  • Equipment Repair
  • Plumber
  • Transportation of Commodities and Livestock
  • Welder