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.)