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Extension Agent - Rita Ussatis

By: Allison Dhuyvetter, Student Liaison
Extension Agent - Rita Ussatis

Rita Ussatis, Extension Agent

What is your job title?

Extension Agent/Family Consumer Sciences

Where do you work? 

Cass County, Fargo

What do you do on a typical day of work?

No day is the same, some days I’m out teaching educational classes to the public or in a school or I may be answering consumer questions about food safety

What are the most and least rewarding parts of your job? 

Most rewarding – making a difference in a person's life….teaching them new life skills so they make changes in their lives.

What education requirements, college degrees, and licenses are needed for your career? 

A bachelor degree in a field related to Family Consumer Sciences. The degree could be dietetics, family sciences or education.

What do you wish you knew (but didn't) when you first contemplated this career? 

I’ve been in this career for 28 years so really cannot remember what I wish I would’ve know but didn’t but I guess the biggest surprise to new employees is the variety of hours worked and the mass knowledge needed in lots of subject areas.

What are the working conditions like (stress, pace, physical comfort, travel, environment, relocation, hours)? 

As with the day, all these conditions change, some days are very hectic, some days quiet. A lot of the community programs are during the evenings hours or weekends. Travel varies also. It is not intensive but there is some.

Why are you an NDNC member? 

To stay updated in the field of nutrition and maintain connected with other professionals in the field of nutrition.

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