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Agricultural Scientists

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According to the Department of Labor, in May 2023, approximately 15,800 soil and plant scientists, 14,100 food scientists and technologists, and 2,460 animal scientists were employed in the United States. Agricultural scientists work primarily in education and manufacturing and for federal, state, and local governments. They work within the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Environmental Protection Agency, regional extension agencies, and soil conservation departments. Scientists with doctorates may work on the faculty of colleges and universities. Researchers work for chemical and pharmaceutical companies, agribusiness, and consulting firms. Agricultural scientists also work in the food processing industry.

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