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Career advice from agricultural professionals
October 09, 2015

The possibilities are limitless in agriculture.


By Diego Flammini,


People of a certain age can remember the music video for the song We’re Not Gonna Take It, by the band Twisted Sister.


In it, the patriarch of the house essentially reprimands one of his boys for not deciding on a career path as he sits in his bedroom playing a guitar. After asking his son what he wants to do with his life, his son says he wants to rock, and hilarity ensues.


But when you really think about it, the question “what do you want to do with your life?” is one of the most important ones you can answer, especially when it comes to careers.


There are obviously many factors that go into that decision including talents, interests, wages, benefits and opportunities for growth, just to name a few.


Earlier this week, 450 professional women in agriculture, assembled to hear from a number of powerful women in the agriculture industry.  After their presentations, many of the conference speakers spoke to and about their advice for young women considering a career in agriculture.  Their enthusiasm confirmed that for those who need excitement, an ever-changing landscape, the opportunity to advance and network, and are passionate about what they do, agriculture is a great career path to consider. 



“If you love marketing, banking, IT or working with animals, I guarantee there’s a job with your name on it,” said Crystal Mackay, CEO of Farm and Food Care Canada.


“It gives you the opportunity to go from steel-toed boots all the way to high heels and back again in the same day if you want,” said Stephanie Nagelschmitz, an agrimarketer with Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show.


Careers in agriculture can include:


  • Agricultural Media
  • Agriculture Financial Services
  • Human Resources
  • Digital Marketing
  • Communications
  • Product Coordination
  • Animal Biotechnologist
  • Sales Managers
  • Landscape Technician
  • Soil Scientist
  • Policy Maker
  • Public Relations

And many more….


When considering a possible career path, chances are it can be applied in a variety of ways in an agricultural setting. Visiting can help you start that process to answer that question “what do you want to do with your life?”


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