AgCareers.com is invested in engaging with candidates and employers in the agricultural industry; we work to build the pipeline of talent to the industry by expanding knowledge about the breadth of career opportunities in agriculture. Part of this investment includes an annual agricultural industry hiring trend analysis to examine careers and candidates in the industry. AgCareers.com just released the 2022 Agriculture & Food Job Report.
Employers posted over 62,000 jobs on AgCareers.com in 2022, an increase of 12%. When we examined all jobs, “Chemical, Pesticide and Fertilizer,” was the leading industry sector and “Sales/Retail” was the top career type. Looking at volume of jobs and growth, “Business Development/Strategic Management,” “Transportation/Truck Driver,” and “Researcher/Research and Development” were trending careers.
The number of positions posted on AgCareers.com by employers in a remote/work-from-home environment increased over 300% from 2020 to 2022, tied closely to the pandemic impact. This growth trend continues to climb with a 34% increase in the past year.
Candidates are likewise looking for remote/work-from-home jobs at an escalating rate. When we examine job seekers’ keyword searches on www.AgCareers.com, “remote” took over the top spot in 2022, a direct response to the pandemic’s influence on work-from-home availability, needs and job seeker expectations. Worldwide, there were over 10,000 searches for “remote” on AgCareers.com, up 40% from 2021. Employers that can offer a virtual office environment for some or all positions benefit by promoting this in the job announcement. However, we know that many agricultural positions in production, manufacturing and processing necessitate in-person work. For these positions, employers can emphasize the benefits of on-site collaborative teamwork, supplemented, where possible, with flexibility.
AgCareers.com connects with the industry and candidates through our website, events, research, and a growing social media presence (followers up 20% in 2022). AgCareers.com surpassed 100,000 followers on our social networks, which are experiencing continued growth. Social media is another way we share career opportunities, advertise job postings, and solicit applications. We also poll followers to identify trends in agri-food human resources and share educational information via our channels.
Our site draws applicant traffic from a range of majors and occupations both inside and outside of the agricultural industry; 58% have an ag-based degree and 54% were most recently or currently employed in ag occupations. The highest percentage of these non-ag occupations were in roles with transferable skills applicable to agriculture, such as sales and marketing, or customer service.
AgCareers.com is a valued resource for professionals with an established career history, as 45% of North American job seekers had greater than five years of experience. The site is also a strong connector to students and young professionals with the Education Partners Program, Career Guide, Internship opportunities, and more; students comprise 14% of applications processed yearly.
A U.S. and a Canadian edition of the job report are available. Download your free copy of the 2022 AgCareers.com Job Report here:
2022 U.S. AgCareers.com Agriculture & Food Job Report
2022 Canadian AgCareers.com Agriculture & Food Job Report
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