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Qualifications to Become an Extension Professional

  • Typically a Master’s degree with appropriate training and experience
  • Ability to work with adults and youth
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated management, networking and collaborative skills to build alliances and partnerships
  • Willingness to work flexible hours (some evenings and weekends), personal mobility/transportation required
  • Ability to be an effective team member and work with an integrated group of professionals and customers
  • Knowledge of technology and computer skills
  • Ability to work with people in a variety of settings
  • Teaching experience in both formal and informal settings
  • Proven ability to work independently and be self-directing

Match Your Background to an Extension Position

4-H/Youth Development
Typically requires a master’s degree in the following areas:
• Education
• Communications
• Family Relations & Human Development
• Recreation
• Sociology
• Psychology
• Youth Development
• Other related academic majors

Agriculture, Environment & Natural Resources
Typically requires a master’s degree in the following areas:
• Agri-Business & Applied Economics
• Agricultural Communications
• Agriculture Education
• Agronomy
• Animal Sciences
• Entomology
• Environmental Science
• Forestry
• Horticulture
• Landscape Architecture
• Natural Resources
• Other related academic majors

Family and Consumer Sciences
Typically requires a master’s degree in the following areas:
• Community Health Education
• Child Development
• Family Resources Management
• Food Science & Nutrition
• Gerontology
• Home Economics Education
• Home Economics Journalism
• Human Nutrition and Food Management
• Textiles and Clothing
• Other related academic majors

Community and Economic Development
Typically requires a master’s degree in the following areas:
• Business Administration
• Communications
• Community Health Education
• Economic Development
• Environmental Science
• Family Resource Management
• Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Administration
• Public Administration
• Sociology
• Other related academic programs

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