From science and technology to communications and everything in between, agriculture has a career for you!
It's estimated there are 54,400 agriculture-related job openings annually for individuals with four-year and higher college degrees. This doesn't count the high demand for skilled trade professionals.
Yet only 55 percent of these job openings are expected to be filled by graduates who earned degrees from colleges of agriculture, life sciences, natural resources and veterinary medicine.
There are not enough agriculturally trained and educated individuals to meet the needs and demands of today's employers.
Consider one of more than 250 careers across agriculture's diverse job sectors.
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From Web design to advertising and broadcasting, agriculture communications offers a variety of professions almost as diverse as the agriculture industry itself.
Do you get satisfaction from helping people understand how and why agriculture works the way it does? If connecting the dots appeals to you, a career in agriculture education probably suits you.
If you're looking for a career field that offers opportunities across all sectors of agriculture consider agribusiness. Ranging from fruit and soybeans to tractors and commodity markets, agribusiness careers span the diversity of the agriculture industry.
The livestock industry offers opportunities to work directly with many species of animals or to work with organizations affiliated with the care, processing, training and promotion of each species.
Careers involving technical systems keep agriculture running. Technology is ever increasing on and off the farm, and professionals are needed to bring the latest innovations to harvesting, livestock care, processing and packaging.
Food science careers bring the farm to the table. If you have an appetite for technology and the processes involved in turning raw products into consumable foods, the food science industry has lots to offer.
As the Great Lakes State with more than 3,000 miles of shoreline and more than 19.3 million acres of forested land, Michigan has a need for professionals in the natural resources industry.
Ever wonder how crackers keep from breaking while in transit from a bakery to grocery store, or how they stay fresh until you open the package? Processing and packaging professionals do! Once agricultural commodities leave the farm, it's their job to get products in consumers' hands.
From seed sales to crop scouting and processing, there are plenty of job possibilities for a career in plant science. You might be surprised to learn that plant science also includes ornamental landscaping and turfgrass and athletic field management.