Agriculture, Water & Environmental Technologies

Improve the wellness of the world by learning to nurture the health of plants, animals and the environment. This sector of study offers dozens of programs including sustainable farming practices, veterinary services, forestry conservation and keeping water safe for drinking. Because of agriculture’s importance in California, the industry employs more people than all other occupations combined.

Career paths & salary info (Median yearly salary)

  • Farmers, Ranchers, and Other Agricultural Managers $27,830
  • Agricultural Equipment Operators $31,970
  • First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers $59,913
  • First-Line Supervisors of Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Workers $39,727
  • Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers $40,804

SAMPLE OF LOCAL EMPLOYERS

  • U.S. Forest Service
  • Ocean Associates, Inc.
  • LaBrucherie Produce
  • Lynker Technologies
  • Environmental Science Associates
  • Snipes-Dye associates

Did you know?

  • There are more than 45 certified farmers’ markets in San Diego County.
  • More than 83% of students who graduated from the San Diego-Imperial community colleges’ Water and Wastewater Technology and Environmental Technology programs in 2016 attained living wages.
  • Due to a shortage of agricultural workers in recent years, adoption of new technologies and processes have never been more prevalent on local farms. Many growers have large machine shops on their properties to fabricate and repair mechanical field equipment. Demand for occupations related to the fabrication and repair of mechanized equipment is expected to rise.
  • According to the San Diego Farm Bureau, San Diego County has the 12th largest farm economy out of 3,000+ counties. Additionally, San Diego has more small farms (less than 10 acres) than any other county in the nation.
Source: San Diego-Imperial Center of Excellence for Labor Market Research & Cal-PASS Plus LaunchBoard

Programs & Schools

Cuyamaca College

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  • Business Office Technology
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Executive Assistant
  • Business Information Worker
  • Account Clerk
  • Front Office Receptionist
  • Office Assistant Level 1
  • Office Assistant Level 2
  • Office Professional
  • Office Software Specialst 1
  • Office Software Specialist 2
  • Environ Health & Safety Manage
  • Environmental Management
  • Environmental Technician
  • OSHA Management
  • OSH Technician
  • Management
  • Golf Course & Sports Turf Man
  • Irrigation Technology
  • Landscape Technology
  • Nursery Technology
  • Sustainable Urban Landscapes
  • Viticulture Tech Apprentice
  • Basic Ornament Horticulture
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Grossmont College

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  • Business Administration *ADT cert
  • Business Office Technology
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Executive Assistant
  • Business Information Worker
  • Account Clerk
  • Front Office Receptionist
  • Office Assistant, Level 1
  • Office Assistant Level 2
  • Office Professional
  • Office Software Specialist, Lev 1
  • Office Software Specialist, Lev 2
  • Virtual Office Assistant
  • Management
  • Marketing
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Imperial Valley College

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  • Business Management
  • Plant Science
  • Water treatment systems technology
  • Wastewater treatment specialization
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MiraCosta College

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  • Irrigation Technology
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Nursery/Horticulture Crop Production
  • Pest Control Advisor
  • Sustainable Agriculture
  • Sustainable Landscape and Turf Management
  • Viticulture and Enology
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Palomar College

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  • Water Technology Education
  • Wastewater Technology Education
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San Diego City College

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  • Sustainable Urban Agriculture
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San Diego Miramar College

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  • Advanced Emissions Specialist
  • Sustainability
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Southwestern College

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  • Environmental Management
  • Floral Design Emphasis
  • Golf and Sports Turf Management
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Landscape Occupations
  • Nursery Occupations: Floral Design Emphasis
  • Nursery Occupations: Retail Nursery/Plant Production
  • Retail Nursery and Plant Production
  • Sustainable Energy Studies
  • Sustainable Landscape Practices
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student success story

Student Story: Christian Lopez

With little family support, Christian was working two shifts a day just to get by. Looking around his hometown, he saw how important the farming industry was in providing jobs that paid well. So, Christian started taking career education classes in agriculture, and is now choosing which job offer he will be accepting once he graduates. Watch now to get inspired by Christian’s story.

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