CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Farm and Home Management Advisors

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Education
Job Family: Counseling - Education
Benchmark Title: Farm and Home Management Advisors
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
Advise, instruct, and assist individuals and families engaged in agriculture, agricultural-related processes, or home economics activities. Demonstrate procedures and apply research findings to solve problems; and instruct and train in product development, sales, and the use of machinery and equipment to promote general welfare. Includes county agricultural agents, feed and farm management advisors, home economists, and extension service advisors. Collaborate with producers in order to diagnose and prevent management and production problems.
 
Conduct classes or deliver lectures on subjects such as nutrition, home management, and farming techniques.
 
Advise farmers and demonstrate techniques in areas such as feeding and health maintenance of livestock, growing and harvesting practices, and financial planning.
 
Research information requested by farmers.
 
Prepare and distribute leaflets, pamphlets, and visual aids for educational and informational purposes.
 
Collect and evaluate data in order to determine community program needs.
 
Maintain records of services provided and the effects of advice given.
 
Schedule and make regular visits to farmers.
 
Organize, advise, and participate in community activities and organizations such as county and state fair events and 4-H Clubs.
 
Collaborate with social service and health care professionals in order to advise individuals and families on home management practices such as budget planning, meal preparation, and time management.
 
Conduct field demonstrations of new products, techniques, or services.
 
Conduct agricultural research, analyze data, and prepare research reports.
 
Act as an advocate for farmers or farmers' groups.
 
Provide direct assistance to farmers by performing activities such as purchasing or selling products and supplies, supervising properties, and collecting soil and herbage samples for testing.
 
Set and monitor production targets.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Education
Job Family: Counseling - Education
Benchmark Title: Farm and Home Management Advisors
 
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
 
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
 
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
 
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
 
Food Production Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.
 
Communications and Media Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
 
Biology Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
 
Psychology Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
 
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
 
Law and Government Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
 
Clerical Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
 
Sociology and Anthropology Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
 
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
 
Personnel and Human Resources Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
 
Economics and Accounting Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.
 
Chemistry Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Education
Job Family: Counseling - Education
Benchmark Title: Farm and Home Management Advisors
 
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
 
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
 
Learning Strategies Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
 
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
 
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
 
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
 
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
 
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
 
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
 
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
 
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
 
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
 
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
 
Systems Analysis Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
 
Systems Evaluation Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
 
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
 
Persuasion Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
 
Management of Personnel Resources Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
 
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
 
Science Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
 
Negotiation Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
 
Mathematics Using mathematics to solve problems.
 
Operation Monitoring Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
 
Operation and Control Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Education
Job Family: Counseling - Education
Benchmark Title: Farm and Home Management Advisors
 
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
 
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
 
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
 
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
 
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
 
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
 
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
 
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
 
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
 
Fluency of Ideas The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
 
Originality The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
 
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
 
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
 
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
 
Memorization The ability to remember information such as words, numbers, pictures, and procedures.
 
Mathematical Reasoning The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
 
Number Facility The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
 
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
 
Speed of Closure The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.
 
Perceptual Speed The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
 
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
 
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
 
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
 
Time Sharing The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Education
Job Family: Counseling - Education
Benchmark Title: Farm and Home Management Advisors
 
Tools/Technology Example Product Category
Data entry software Data base user interface and query software
 
ESRI ArcGIS software Map creation software
 
Geographic information system GIS software Map creation software
 
Image editing software Graphics or photo imaging software
 
Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet software
 
Microsoft Internet Explorer Internet browser software
 
Microsoft Office software Office suite software
 
Microsoft Outlook Electronic mail software
 
Microsoft PowerPoint Presentation software
 
Microsoft Word Word processing software
 
Web browser software Internet browser software
 
Desktop computers Desktop computers
 
Digital cameras Digital cameras
 
Laptop computers Notebook computers
 
Overhead display projectors Overhead projectors
 
Personal computers Personal computers
 
Personal digital assistants PDA Personal digital assistant PDAs or organizers
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Education
Job Family: Counseling - Education
Benchmark Title: Farm and Home Management Advisors
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education Master's Degree
 
Related Work Experience None
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Education
Job Family: Counseling - Education
Benchmark Title: Farm and Home Management Advisors
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
4-H Youth Development Specialist
Agent
Agricultural Agent
Agricultural Extension Agent
Agricultural Extension Educator
Agriculture Consultant
Agriculture Extension Specialist
Cooperative Extension Agent
County Agent
County Agricultural Agent
County Demonstrator
County Extension Agent
County Home Demonstration Agent
County Home Demonstrator
County Supervisor
Demonstrator
District Extension Service Agent
Energy Audit Advisor
Extension Agent
Extension Educator
Extension Service Advisor
Extension Service Specialist
Extension Service Supervisor
Extension Specialist
Extension Worker
Family Development Extension Specialist
Family Life Field Specialist
Family Resource Management Extension Specialist
Family Resource Management Specialist
Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Agent
Farm Adviser
Farm Agent
Farm Business Management Agent
Farm Consultant
Farm Demonstrator
Farm Management Adviser
Farm Management Specialist
Farm Management Supervisor
Farm Service Adviser
Farm Service Consultant
Feed Adviser
Feed Management Advisor
Feed and Farm Management Adviser
Four-H Agent
Four-H Club Agent
Future Farmers of America Advisor (FFA Advisor)
Home Advisor
Home Demonstration Agent
Home Economics Expert
Home Economics Extension Worker
Home Economist
Home Management Supervisor
Home Service Adviser
Home Service Consultant
Home Service Director
Home Supervisor
Marine Extension Agent
Natural Resources Extension Educator
Professor
Watershed Management Specialist
Youth Development Extension Agent
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Education
Job Family: Counseling - Education
Benchmark Title: Farm and Home Management Advisors
 
 
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