Cooperative Extension Specialist
What do they do? Communicate local applied research findings from major agricultural institutions to the general public for practical applications.
Description: Cooperative extension specialists work on the cutting edge of university research, helping translate the latest scientific understanding for the general public in a variety of specialized fields, ranging from forestry to entomology and plant pathology. Public education and efforts to improve farm production take the form of informational newsletters, on-site visits, conducting meetings with farmers, administering 4H youth programs, and providing information at fairs and conferences.
Education: Specialists must have a minimum of a masters degree, and many have doctorates in their specialty fields. Cooperative extension programs also frequently hire college students during summers and offer opportunities for clerical and field support staff as well.
Salary: Varies depending on specialty.