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Agricultural Careers



Careers in Agriculture


The most obvious careers are directly related to the farm or ranch. But did you know that only 10 percent of Americans are involved in traditional farming? If that is the case, then what other careers comprise the agricultural field? There are approximately 23 million people who work in agriculture related fields. Unlike agriculture of our grandparents' day, today's agriculture offers over 300 rewarding and challenging careers.


Career Categories

Agricultural careers may be divided into various categories. These include: Agribusiness Management, Agricultural and Natural Resources Communications, Building Construction Management, Agriscience, Resource Development and Management, Parks, Recreations, and Tourism Resources, Packaging, Horticulture, Forestry, Food Science, and Fisheries/Wildlife.


Job Descriptions

Agribusiness Management focuses on the managerial functions performed by organizations throughout the food system. Sample job titles: Commodity Trader, Agricultural Production Specialist, Purchasing Manager, Financial Manager, Farm Owner and Manager, and Wholesale/Retail Buyer Manufacturing Manager. Companies that hire for these positions: Seneca Food Corporation, Ralston Purina Co., Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance, Archer-Daniels-Midland Co., and Dow Elanco.

Agricultural and Natural Resources Communications focuses on careers in journalism, public relations, and advertising/marketing. Sample job titles: Marketing Communications Manager, District Sales Representatives, Advertising Manager, Reporter, Editor, and Account Manager. Companies that hire for these positions: Upjohn Co., USDA, Michigan Milk Producers Association, National Dairy Council, and Michigan Farm Bureau.

Building Construction Management focuses on land development and structural buildings. Sample job titles: Project Manager, Estimator, Construction Scheduler, Controller, Purchasing Agent, Site Manager, Field Engineer, Land Developer, and Real Estate Appraiser. Companies that hire for these positions: Turner Construction Company, Pulte Homes, Perini Building Co., and General Motors Corporation.

Agriscience provides a foundation for careers in agricultural and natural resources industries. Sample job titles: Agriscience Educator, Extension Educator, Farmer, and Human Resource Director. Companies that hire for these positions: Crop Production Services, John Deere, and Gerber Co.


Resource Development and Management focuses on policy analysis, planning, evaluation, budgeting, and program management. Sample job titles: Environmental Analyst, Environmental Planner, Solid Waste Coordinator, Water Resource Specialist, and Economic Development Specialist. Companies that hire for these positions: Cooperative Extension Service, The Clinton River Watershed, The National Park Service, Enviroscope, Senate and House Policy Offices, Lobbying Organizations, Banking Organizations, City and State governments, and Hospitals.

Parks, Recreation and Tourism Resources focuses on planning and managing programs, areas, and facilities that are designed to meet people's leisure needs and enhance quality of life. Sample job titles: Park Ranger, Interpreter/Naturalist, Environmental Educator, Travel and Convention Planner, Youth Program Director, Camp Counselor, Park and Recreation Director, and Tourism Consultant. Companies that hire for these positions: Hilton and Marriott Resorts, Hospitals, YMCA, Golf Courses, Six Flags Great Adventure, and the Walt Disney Company.

Packaging focusing on food packaging, health care and pharmaceutical packaging, and industrial packaging. Sample job titles: Packaging Engineer, Quality Control Coordinator, Laboratory Manager, and Package Designer. Companies that hire for these positions: Coca-Cola Co., Hershey Chocolate USA, Johnson and Johnson, 3M, IBM Corp., and Amway Corp.

Horticulture focuses on the science and art concerned with culture, marketing, and utilization of high value, intensively cultivated fruits, flowers, vegetables, and ornamental plants. Sample job titles: Retail Manager, Landscape Designer, Entrepreneur, Florist, Contractor, Nursery Grower, and Nursery Stock Buyer. Companies that hire for these positions: Gerber, Mawby Fruit Farms, Ball Corporation, and Pan American Seed.

Forestry focuses on the science and art of managing natural resources that occur on forest lands. Sample job titles: Forester, Forest Ranger, Consulting Forester, District Ranger, Arborist, Naturalist, Timber Buyer, and Forest Nursery Manager. Companies that hire for these positions: The Mead Corporation, John Hancock Financial Services, City Governments, and USDA Forest Service.

Food Science focuses on the development of new foods, investigation of new production and processing methods, and research ways to insure a safe, nutritious and economical food supply. Sample job titles: Food Technician, Laboratory Technician, Food Chemist, and Quality Control Manager. Companies that hire for these positions: Pepsicola, Kraft/General Foods, Hygrade Food Products, Kellogg Company, General Mills, Pillsbury, and Heinz USA.

Fisheries and Wildlife focuses on environmental management, conservation, and wildlife ecology and management. Sample job titles: Land Management Specialist, Water Quality Specialist, Habitat Specialist, and Fish Hatchery Manager. Companies that hire for these positions: US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, State and local divisions of surface water quality, land and water management, and US Fish and Wildlife Services.



Sample Individual Careers Related to Agriculture


Account Executive
Advertising Manager
Ag Construction Engineer
Ag Construction Worker
Ag Electrician
Ag Engineer
Ag Equipment Designer
Ag Establishment Inspector
Ag Extension Advisor
Ag Fabrication
Ag Plumber
Ag Safety Engineer
Animal Behaviorist
Animal Breeder
Animal Control Officer
Animal Cytologist
Animal Ecologist
Animal Geneticist
Animal Nutritionist
Animal Physiologist
Animal Scientist
Animal Taxonomist
Animal Trainer
Avian Veterinarian
Cattle Rancher
Commodity Broker
Computer Software Designer
Computer Systems Analyst
Conference Manager
Consumer Information Manager
Cooperative Extension Agent
Crop Specialist
Dairy Farmer
Dairy Nutrition Specialist
Diesel Mechanic
Diesel Technician
Engine Specialist
Equipment Operator
Equipment Set-up Technician
Export Sales Manager
Farm Equipment Repair
Farm Equipment Salesperson
Farm Machine Operator
Farm Manager
Fish Hatchery Manager
Floral Designer
Floral Shop Operator
Food Broker
Food Processer
Food Quality Specialist
Food Technician
Forest Products Merchandiser
Forest Ranger
Gas Engine Mechanic
Golf Course Superintendent
Grain Broker
Grain Buyer
Grain Merchandiser
Greenhouse Manager
Greens keeper
Heavy Equipment Operator
Horse Breeder
Horse Rancher
Hydraulic Engineer
Hydraulics Specialist
Hydroponics Grower
Industrial Equipment Repair
Information Specialist
Information System Analyst
Insurance Agent
Irrigation Engineer
Labor Relations Specialist
Land Surveyor
Landscape Architect
Landscape Contractor
Livestock Commission Agent
Livestock Producer
Log Grader
Logging Operations Inspector
Lumber Mill Operator
Maintenance Technician
Marine Biologist
Marine Mammal Trainer
Market Analyst
Marketing Manager
Nursery Operator
Park Manager
Park Ranger
Parts Manager
Plant Breeder
Plant Cytologist
Plant Ecologist
Plant Geneticist
Plant Nutritionist
Plant Pathologist
Plant Taxonomist
Poultry Producer
Public Relations Representative
Purchasing Manager
Real Estate Broker
Research Engineer
Restoration Ecologist
Safety Inspector
Sales and Marketing Representative
Service Trainer / Manager
Shop Foreman
Soil Scientist
Technical Service Representative
Timber Manager
Transmission Specialist
Tree Surgeon
Turf Farmer
Turf Manager
Veterinary Pathologist
Wildlife Manager
Wildlife Rehabilitator
Zoo Keeper

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