by Victoria Price, 2015 AgCareers.com Marketing Intern
When you hear the word “agriculture,” what is the first career that comes to mind? A farmer? An agronomist? A salesman?
Yes, these are all very cool ag careers, but many young professionals and job seekers are unaware of the many other awesome opportunities that are out there.
If you’ve been exploring our site and follow us on social media, you’ve probably seen us feature our Career Profiles. This is part of a project we took on not too long ago to highlight over 50 careers that are in high demand right now in the agricultural industry. We researched and featured these profiles as a resource for students and job seekers to learn more about new roles in the industry and to aid career educators in teaching their students about great careers in agriculture.
You can check out all of our career profiles in depth right now, but to give you a quick run-through right now, sit tight and read on! We’ve featured a few jobs in each agricultural career pathway we’ve featured:
Agricultural Business Careers
Ag Financial Services: Create and increase a unique loan or insurance portfolio including term, mortgage, and operating loans. Customers are associated with farms and recreational properties. Employers are typically ag lending banks and insurance companies.
Farm Business Manager/Accountant: Help the financial well-being of farms or companies by analyzing, reporting, and giving advice. Oversee management accounts, company budgets and the administration of accounting task.
Public Relations Specialist: Develop, create and brand for clients and companies in the agriculture industry. Employment opportunities can be found in any agricultural industry: seed, feed, fuel, fertilizer, plant, animal pharmaceuticals, equipment, companies as well as advertising agencies or self-employment.
See more Ag Business Careers
Agricultural Mechanics Careers
Electrical Engineer: Install, repair, service, and create electrical operations with technology. Employers like meat processing companies or equipment manufacturers will hire electrical engineers.
Hydraulics Technician: Oversee and implement the installation, maintenance, and repairs for the hydraulic components of equipment. These technicians can find employment with farm equipment dealers and manufacturers.
See more Ag Mechanics Careers
Animal Science Pathways
Livestock Buyer: Sell, buy, and select livestock for individuals and companies, while ensuring that USDA and other regulations are met. Food production companies and facilities are common employers.
Animal Biotechnologist: Research how nutrients in feed and animal reproductive processes impact animal health. Most commonly, food production companies and facilities, animal pharmaceutical companies, and university research farms will employ animal biotechnologists.
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Environmental Services Careers
Environmental Engineer: Research problems within the environment and create solutions for areas like water and air pollution and waste management. Plant research companies, food science companies, governmental organizations, schools/universities and environmental organizations will hire candidates.
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Food Science Pathways
Nutritionist/ Dietitian: Give advice on eating programs, healthy food selection, and the alteration diets to achieve nutrition and diet needs. Food production, food ingredient companies, restaurants, school, community and government groups will hire nutritionists.
Product Development Food Specialist: Research and revamp the process of canning, freezing, storing, and packaging food. A master’s or bachelor’s degree in Food Science, Nutrition, and Food Engineering are required to work for employers like food production companies, government inspection agencies, colleges and universities.
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Plant Science Careers
Entomologist: Research the growth, nutrition, behavior, and how insects interact with plants and be considered an insect scientist. A doctoral degree in entomology, biology or zoology is required to become an entomologist.
Research Associates: Work under the watch of principal investors and be responsible for correlating, implementing, and documenting research trials and assignments. Researchers work for seed companies, crop protection companies, research firms, governmental organizations, environmental organizations, and colleges or universities.
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To see more careers in the pathways listed along with what degrees they require and their projected outlook, head to AgCareers.com. Agriculture offers many different career paths; maybe one will be a good fit for you.