Agriculture and Food Production

Farming represents the backbone of Pennsylvania’s heritage and economy.

The Agriculture and Food Production (AFP) cluster begins with the growing of food crops, including grains and livestock, and ends with the wholesale distribution of these products.

The cluster also includes support industries, such as refrigerated warehousing and fertilizer manufacturing, as well as public agencies that oversee agricultural programs.

Career pathways in Agriculture and Food Production

Career pathways are valuable tools that help both job seekers and employers share an understanding of the pathways of job and training opportunities in the North Central Pennsylvania Workforce Development Area.

Blackberry and Sage Market, Jefferson County
(image courtesy of PA Wilds)
OccupationsTop skillsSalary range
HS Diploma or Equivalency
  • Packaging and Filling Operators and Tenders
  • Food Preparation Workers
  • Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators
  • listens with understanding
  • observes critically
Certificate (1-2 years)
  • Maintenance Workers, Machinery
  • Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, and Aquacultural Animals
  • speaks clearly and concisely
  • solves problems
Associate’s Degree (2 years)
  • Supervisors-Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers
  • First-Line Supervisors of Animal Husbandry and Animal
  • makes decisions
  • demonstrates interpersonal skills
Bachelor’s Degree or Higher (4+ years)
  • Storage and Distribution Managers
  • Mechanical Engineers
  • Farm and Ranch Managers
  • lifelong learning
  • demonstrates quality consciousness