Working the fields and raising livestock aren’t the only jobs available in the agricultural industry, and as technology plays a larger role in the field there are more jobs open than agribusinesses can fill.
The available jobs aren’t just working in the fields either. Technology is playing a key role in the industry boom and employees are needed to develop and sell GPS systems, unmanned vehicles, renewable energy and plant and animal genetics.
Companies are raising salaries and teaming with universities to attract new talent as qualified candidates are in short supply. The USA Today reports companies are reaching out to students to show them opportunities in agriculture include scientists, accountants, attorneys and others.
Attitudes towards the industry are also changing. New college graduates are attracted to agriculture for the opportunity to make a difference in the world, solving the challenge of feeding and providing energy for a growing population in the face of changing weather patterns.
Colleen Stratton, senior vice president of human resources for Poet, the country's largest ethanol producer, told the USA Today the company is showing students the agricultural industry is more of a growing industry than it is a dying industry.
A study released by Purdue University in 2010 estimated about 54,400 jobs would be created in agriculture, food and renewable natural resources every year from 2010 to 2015. AgCareers.com reports the number of ag-related job postings in the United States and Canada approached 44,000 in 2012, surpassing the previous year’s record-high year by 477 jobs.
According to the USA Today, DuPont Pioneer alone has hired 6,000 new employees over the past six years, more than doubling its worldwide workforce to 13,000. The company plans to add an additional 3,000 to 4,000 jobs in the next five years.