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Agriculture is hardwork, however it can an equally rewarding industry that provides many jobs for people who are interested in it. There are a myriad of agriculture jobs and each has requirements that must be met before someone can be hired.

Perhaps the most important thing to know about careers in agriculture is that the industry is more diverse that many people assume. According to  Agricultural Careers individuals seeking employment in agriculture can find jobs in a many specializations. Here’s a simple breakdown of different positions within the industry.

Farm Work. Crops are inspected or harvested, water systems repaired, or fertilizers used to enhance crop growth and manage pesticides or weeds. If there are farm animals then the care, feeding, and medical needs of the cattle, chicken, hogs, etc are a part of daily work. Overall, farm work is hard work and never-ending.

Growers. In the agricultural industry, crops are raised by growers, who are in charge of keeping healthy growing conditions. Some producers may also try out new varieties of seedlings or novel ways of cultivation.

Elevator operators. Operators of grain elevators help with grain storage, transportation, and purchasing. They ensure arriving grains are received and stored securely and critical quality criteria are maintained. They may help with the preparation of departing cargoes, the drying of grain, as well as the mixing of different kinds of grain.

Equipment Technician. Maintaining, installing and repairing agricultural equipment is the responsibility of farm machinery technicians. In addition to fueling equipment, recharging cells and refilling the oil, they also perform diagnostic testing and repairs.

Purchasing Agents. Purchasing agents inspect the quality and productivity of farmers, then discuss pricing and supply dates with them. They then sign contracts with the farmers they have chosen. Primarily, they specialize in a few items and work hard to build a long-lasting relationships.
Warehouse Manager. They transport goods and supplies, involving loading and unloading them. They also utilize machine intelligence and respective digital applications to monitor cargoes when inventory rises or falls excessively.

Agriculture specialist. Agriculture specialists provide clerical help to farmers specializing in a particular farming area. Also, the experts assist farmers in establishing efficient methods for storing and inventorying crops and commodities.

Sales Person. Companies and public organizations buy materials and goods through sales agents. Trade exhibitions, product specifications, and following up on leads from current clients are all methods they use to locate and attract new clients. Customers’ requirements are identified, their goods are explained in terms of how they suit those needs, and packages tailored to fit specific budgets and timeframes are created.

These are just a few examples of the opportunities for a career in the agriculture industry. There are biochemist, economists, engineers, agronomists, and many more jobs to be considered when looking at beginning a career in the industry. These options go well beyond farming. To look at more opportunities, visit the U.S. Department of Agriculture.