Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)




Various prominent figures on the American agricultural scene, farm magazine editors, and even, to a lesser degree, the general public have become aware of the need for skilled employees in agricultural non-farm occupations. While most vocational agriculture educators recognize the need and are quite willing to help solve the problem, they frequently are working blindly. Which occupations and jobs in a given community have need for high school vocational training? What is the employment outlook in these occupations for the foreseeable future? This study was expected to identify, describe, and classify non-farm agricultural jobs in the Hamburg community in order to accomplish these objectives: identify occupations In general and individual hobs specifically for which a positive need for high school vocational training exists, determine education, skills and competencies necessary to enter these occupations and make satisfactory advancement. Information collected will be made available to school board members, administrators, and teachers of Hamburg Community Schools. The purpose of this study was to test the following hypotheses relevant to non-farm agricultural occupations: there are more non-farm agricultural job opportunities annually than there are graduates of the vocational agriculture department to fill those, employers are interested in specifying educational achievements or skills to be learned in school by their prospective non-farm agricultural employees. This study was limited geographically to the Hamburg (Iowa) community school district, which significantly limited the numbers and kinds of occupations included in the sample. The study was limited primarily to the opinions of those interviewed, with no cross references.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Agricultural education -- Iowa


Includes bibliographical references



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South Dakota State University