When people think about agriculture, they tend to think about farmers tending the fields and looking after crops or livestock. You may be thinking ‘I don’t want to be a farmer, so agriculture isn’t for me’, but think again.
Agriculture isn’t just about farming; it has an enormous range of career opportunities, including in plant sciences, technology, the food sector, and more.
The number and type of employers looking for new workers are vast. The massive food and drink sector rests on the backbone of the farming sector – which means, in agriculture, there are jobs for everything in between the farm and the store. Plus, there is a whole range of industries supporting the farming sector, such as food sciences and crop researchers.
There is also a large agri-supply industry that specialises in selling inputs, including seeds, fertiliser and machinery to farmers. All of these need research and development teams, creative marketers, digital experts – and so on. There is a job waiting for you in the agricultural sector – no matter your skills.
If you are looking for a job that is in an industry that uses the latest developments in engineering and science, then agriculture is the place for you. There is a huge need for the agricultural sector to keep up with as well as advanced science and engineering discoveries that ultimately help those on the ground to be able to keep up with rising demand.
There are huge problems yet to be solved and many exciting possibilities to uncover. Working in agriculture means every day will be a new and exciting adventure – and rarely are any two days the same.
If you’re a fan of drones, robots, cutting-edge AI and GPS systems, then welcome to the new world of farming. With more and more technology becoming available, if you’re trained in this area, demand for your skills is only going to grow.
Agriculture is one of the rare sectors where you don’t need an agriculture degree or qualifications to get started – well, not entirely. Though, if you do have such a qualification, then you are most better placed to get a job.
Agriculture pays better than the national average; it has better retention and satisfaction rates and is more likely to give you perks such as company cars, accommodation and mobile phones.
Taking into account the perks and wages, almost everyone in the agricultural sector comes out on top when compared to similar positions in other sectors. This means, you’re more likely to get employed and you’re more likely to be paid more than any other sector.
The population is growing exponentially – and this means more food and drinks are needed. One of the biggest problems in today’s society is knowing how we will feed it tomorrow. A huge part of the agricultural sector is devoted to solving this problem – and if you’re part of it, you may well be making history. You’re working on feeding the masses, ending food poverty and making the world a happier place. As custodians of the environment, farmers play an important role in keeping the countryside green so that future generations can continue in a career that has lasted millennia.
So, if you ever doubted agriculture, well... don’t. It is a vast and alive industry.