for program specific employment opportunities
According to the US Department of Labor and Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for career opportunities from this program is:
Agriculture, particularly in South Dakota, provides many employment opportunities. This two-year program prepares students for careers in farm and ranch management, and crop and livestock production. This comprehensive program teaches managerial and supervisory skills. A featured component of this program is the MTI Land Lab.
The MTI Agricultural Technology program farms 85 acres of land. MTI Ag students and instructors manage all aspects of crop production including government programs, marketing, agronomy, etc. The land lab is used in conjunction with many of the production and agri-business classes. Students gain experience in all areas of the operation: budgeting, planning, planting, spraying, fertilizing, harvesting and marketing.
Graduates work in agriculture chemical and fertilizer sales, in crop and livestock marketing, and agricultural retail sales and service. By completing the Agricultural Technology program, a student may be certified as a pesticide applicator.
Students are expected to conform to MTI’s Drug Testing Policy while enrolled in the Commercial Driving Course. See the Student Handbook for details. A valid driver’s license is required for the completion of the Commercial Driving Course. See the Course Description for TRAN 100 for a full explanation.
MTI recommends that applicants to the Agricultural Technology program obtain a physical examination for their safety and protection.
The Agricultural Technology program has several scholarships available. Click here for a listing.
A special note about laptop computers:
This program requires a laptop computer so that you can effectively integrate computing skills with your technical education. Many resources that instructors assign are online or require specialty software. To address these needs, MTI requires that students entering this program purchase their laptops from MTI. The cost for an MTI laptop averages about $1000. Please be aware that our machines come fully loaded with the software required for this program.
Whether it's Microsoft Office, or a specialty software for a technical program, your needs will be met by your MTI laptop. And our laptops are serviced for free by our Technology office. You will not be able to bring a laptop from home into an MTI laptop program as we cannot provide support services for every make and model of laptop. Please consider this carefully before making any laptop purchase and check with the Admissions office for more details.
At the completion of the program, graduates will be able to:
1. Appreciate the diversity of agricultural industry career options.
2. Demonstrate knowledge of agribusiness operations.
3. Interact effectively with customers of an agribusiness.
4. Demonstrate an awareness of agribusiness equipment and facilities.
5. Apply human relations principles in professional and personal situations.
6. Locate and use appropriate resources in solving problems.
7. Apply economic and marketing functions to the agribusiness industry.
8. Obtain a Commercial Drivers License and a Commercial Pesticide Applicator’s License.
Check out the 2012-13 Agricultural Technology Assessment Review.pdf for information on how this program assures that its students are attaining learning outcomes.
Placement and Wage Information
|According to 2012 data, the placement rate for graduates in this program is 100%. Starting wages ranged as high as $22.50/hour*.
|(*Wage information does not include self-employed individuals.)
|Program Tuition & Fees*
|(4 semester program/average tuition cost per semester, $3,345.75)
|Other Required Costs
|*All costs listed are estimated and are subject to change at any time. Students will receive final costs at the time of course registration each semester.