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Irrigation Tech

Career Overview

Apply geospatial technologies, including geographic information systems (GIS) and Global Positioning System (GPS), to agricultural production or management activities, such as pest scouting, site-specific pesticide application, yield mapping, or variable-rate irrigation. May use computers to develop or analyze maps or remote sensing images to compare physical topography with data on soils, fertilizer, pests, or weather.


Career Outlook


Projections 2022-2030

New job opportunities are likely in the future. With a
8% Percent change.


2020 Employment

26,600

2030 Employment

28,700

What training is needed?

People starting in this career usually have:

  • Associate's degree
  • No work experience
  • 1 to 12 months on-the-job training

Programs that can prepare you for this career are:
  • Agriculture, General
  • Agriculture/Veterinary Preparatory Programs, Other
  • Agronomy and Crop Science
  • Animal Sciences, General
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General

What does a typical day look like?

  • Collect geographical or geological field data.
  • Analyze environmental data.
  • Record research or operational data.
  • Analyze geological or geographical data.
  • Apply knowledge or research findings to address environmental problems.

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 2055370
Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.