Sustainable Workforce Development Network

Building Sustainable Career Pathways

Sustainable Agriculture Certificate Program

  • The Sustainable Agriculture Certificate Program is designed to educate students on the expanding world of sustainable organic agriculture and technology while building practical skills.
  • Course Requirements:
    • AGR 114: Sustainable Agriculture
    • AGR 116: Water Acquisition and Conservation
    • SCI 115: Science and Care of Plants
    • SOC 206: Food, Famine, and Farming in the global village
    • AGR 122: Natural Beekeeping Practices
    • AGR 123: Entomology and Plant Disease
    • AGR 125: Specialized Crops
  • Course Completion: Upon completion of the course, graduates can pursue employment as a skilled technician in agricultural production, as a farm manager, or to develop their own agricultural enterprise. Graduates who also receive an Associate degree are eligible to join the peace corps as an international agriculture development engineer.

Career Options

Farm Manager

  • Responsibilities: Farm Managers make planting and harvesting decisions, manage the farm budget, operate large farm equipment, oversee the sale of crops and inspect facilities for safety violations.
  • Average Salary: $68,090 – range from $45,000 to $130,760

Agriculture Extension Agent

  • Responsibilities: Agriculture Extension Agents actively work with local, regional and state teams to provide the latest industry information to farmers, ranchers, community groups and youth groups.
  • Average Salary: $60,000
    • Agriculture Extension Agent salaries in Massachusetts range from $41,000 to $129,000

Alternative Careers in Sustainable Agriculture

  • Recruiting Coordinator
  • Product Manager
  • Product Designer
  • Agripreneur (Agriculture Entrepreneur)
  • Agriculture consultant