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Extension Faculty

 

Overview

Extension faculty work at the university level, conducting research and providing programing on their specialty area, some may have a small undergraduate teaching assignment but it is not the primary function of their role.

 

 

What responsibilities will I have?

  • Conduct research-based educational in area of expertise
  • Manage budget as it relates to research initiatives
  • Investigate, develop and refine value-added content to a variety of delivery platforms
  • Support extension educational programming in the state
  • Evaluate and report the impact of programs
  • Provide assistance in developing youth programming and education on topic of expertise
  • Actively seek out agriculture and natural resource needs in the counties informing leadership and specialists of those opportunities and then develop and carry out appropriate responses to meet needs
  • Develop volunteer networks and support strategies required to sustain programs
  • Teach courses at state land-grant universities
  • Conduct research that will be helpful to those in your state and produce resources based on your work

 

What education and training is required?

Extension educators have a Masters or PhD in a topic that they cover.

 

To pursue a career as an Extension Faculty member:

The following high school courses are recommended:  agricultural education, mathematics, business courses, English, computer courses, biology, home economics and chemistry.

 

Where can I work?

Extension educators works at land-grant universities, in laboratories, and may travel their assigned state to various locations to conduct programs or research.

 

Future Job Market / Outlook

The future outlook for an extension educator will be good over the next five years.

 

Suggested Professional Organizations and Associations

  • National Association of Extension 4-H Agents
  • National Association of County Agricultural Agents
  • Organizations affiliated with your area of expertise (livestock, horticulture, etc.)