Agriscience Career Pathways

Miami-Dade Career and Technical Education (CTE) Agriscience K-8, middle school and high school programs of study integrate rigorous academic study with technical and soft work skills in specific career pathways of the career cluster Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources.


Career Exploration in Middle School

At the middle school level, students are introduced to CTE programs in exploration and introduction courses, which are designed to pique their interest in learning about career clusters and pathways. Middle school agriscience students have the opportunity to participate in FFA leadership training and competitions, and to also achieve digital learning tool certificates and/or industry certification. Courses are aligned to Florida state-approved curriculum; and to high school CTE programs.

Middle and K-8 Schools with Agriscience CTE Courses

  • Coconut Palm K-8 Academy
  • Hialeah Middle
  • Hialeah Gardens Middle
  • Homestead Middle
  • John F. Kennedy Middle
  • Leewood K-8 Center
  • Redland Middle
  • Richmond Heights Middle

Career Pathways in High School

High school students begin study of CTE Agriscience programs in the ninth grade, which provides them an opportunity to concentrate their efforts in an agricultural or animal science career pathway. Agriscience programs consist of 3 or more year long courses, participation in FFA, achievement of industry certification, and work-based learning opportunities.

  • Agriculture Biotechnology
  • Agritechnology
  • Horticulture Science and Services
  • Natural Resources
  • Veterinary Assisting

Florida Dept. Of Education Curriculum & Other Resources


Industry Certification

Usually achieved during senior year with online exam and sometimes with demonstration of skills (may also be age and experiential hours requirements.)

  • Agricultural Biotechnology Specialist Certification (FLFBR002)
  • Agricultural Unmanned Aircraft Systems Specialist Certification (FLFBR006)
  • Agriculture Systems Associate Certification (FLFBR009)*
  • Agritechnology Specialist Certification (FLFBR001)
  • Certified Horticulture Professional (FNGLA001)
  • Certified Veterinary Assistant (CVA) (FLVMA002)
  • Entrepreneurship & Small Business (Ver. 2) (INTUT002)
  • Small UAS Safety Certification (USINS001)

*Middle and high school               

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(Not all certifications listed above are offered at all schools listed)

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Career and Technical Ed. Student Organization

Middle, high school and post-secondary student participation.

High Schools with Agriscience


  • Coral Reef Senior High*
  • Hialeah Gardens Senior High*
  • South Dade Senior High
  • TERRA Environmental Research
  • William Turner Technical Arts High

Horticulture Science and Services

  • South Dade Senior High

Principles of Agribusiness & Management

  • William H. Turner Technical Arts

Veterinary Academies

  • Felix Varela Senior High
  • Hialeah Gardens*
  • J.C. Bermudez Doral*
  • John A. Ferguson Senior High
  • Robert Morgan Educational Center
  • William H. Turner Technical Arts

*NAF Academies

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Work-Based Learning

Average Salaries

 Agricultural Equipment Operator $31,880 $21,720 - $47,150
 Agricultural Technician $39,480 $28,030 - $39,480
 Agricultural Engineer $74,620 $47,330 - $160,950
 Animal Scientist $60,400 $38,260 - $111,740
 Environmental Engineer $81,980 $54,330 - $142,070
 Environmental Engineering Technician $44,510 $32,610 - $82,930
 Forestry/Conservation Technician $40,370 $26,160 - $56,410
 Inspector of Agricultural Product $36,350 $27,930 - $67,400
 Park Naturalist $67,510 $39,270 - $98,060
 Tree Trimmer and Pruner $35,500 $26,450 - $62,390
 Veterinary Assistant $28,790 $20,790 - $39,800

Occupational Outlook Handbook: : U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics ( February 2021

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Florida Career Cluster Information