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 master’s 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.