Facilitating Coordination in Agricultural Education (FCAE) partnered with AgCareers.com to develop career profiles for fifty-eight agricultural careers. Career profiles were developed in each of the Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources pathways - Plant Science, Animal Science, Agricultural Mechanics, Agricultural Business, Environmental Services, Food Science, and Natural Resources.

The career profiles include a promotional poster, career narrative, and a career map. The poster includes a descriptive image and a brief summary of the career. The career narrative profiles an individual in the career and outlines their job responsibilities, explains why they chose the career, and identified the challenging and/or rewarding aspects of the job. The career map is designed to provide students with a plan as to how to pursue the career and includes the following items: suggested high school courses, experience needed, degrees required, potential employers, salary range, employment outlook and trends, and professional organizations.

The partnership between AgCareers.com and FCAE allowed for integration of 'real-time' career details and salary information from active job postings on AgCareers.com to be integrated into each profile. Students, parents, teachers, career counselors, or the general public may access the career profiles at http://www.mycaert.com/career-profiles. The career profiles have also been connected to the lesson plans and associated resources for teachers and students at MyCAERT.com. For example, as students learn about the six-step selling process they are directed to the Sales Representative career profile

This project was funded as part of a grant through the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) and the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB).

The statewide agricultural education team includes the Illinois Leadership Council for Agricultural Education (ILCAE), the Illinois Committee for Agricultural Education (ICAE), Facilitating Coordination in Agricultural Education (FCAE), Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), Illinois FFA and its associated groups, Illinois Association of Vocational Agriculture Teachers (IAVAT), Illinois Association Community College Agriculture Instructors (IACCAI), and Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom.

The team works to help ensure a successful social, economic and environmental future for the state with K-adult education programs in support of Illinois' largest industry, agriculture. For more information, visit www.agriculturaleducation.org.

AgCareers.com is the leading online career site and human resource service provider for agriculture, food, natural resources and biotechnology industries. The company strives to improve the industries by connecting job seekers and employers with a targeted, online tool that is economical and produces results. Employers post more than 3,800 jobs and receive more than 9,000 applications through the site monthly. Beyond the job board, AgCareers.com offers human resource professionals a suite of products which includes the Compensation Benchmark Review, Agribusiness HR Review, Ag HR Roundtable, and much more. For more information, visit www.agcareers.com.