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Celebrating Agriculture:

A Positive Job Outlook on National Ag Day

Today marks National Agriculture Day, a time when producers, associations, corporations, universities, government agencies and many others recognize and celebrate all that agriculture brings to the table.

The Ag Day program believes that everyone should acknowledge and consider career opportunities in the agriculture, food, fiber and renewable resource industries. Many careers are directly related to the farm, but only 10% are traditional farming. There are approximately 22 million people who work in ag-related fields (Agriculture Council of America).

AgCareers.com is excited to release the 2014 Agribusiness Job Report to showcase the depth of opportunities in the agricultural industry. This analysis of 2014 trends yields a positive outlook; agriculture companies are looking to fill job openings with qualified talent and candidates are increasingly considering opportunities in the ag industry through AgCareers.com.

Demonstrating the strength of the ag industry, the report found that the number of jobs posted on AgCareers.com increased by 15% in 2014, to nearly 65,000 North American jobs.

An analysis of jobs posted on AgCareers.com highlights the variety of positions available in ag-related fields. Jobs posted ranged in industry type, such as input retail, cooperative and related crop services; equipment, manufacturing and technical; animal production (beef, poultry, swine, dairy); plant & soil science, etc., which appeal to a large audience of candidates. Jobs were from a wide variety of career types, from sales/retail, to manufacturing, accounting, technician, agronomist, and many more. 

Interest in agricultural industry careers is growing and candidates are increasing their exploration of opportunities using AgCareers.com. Nearly 1.8 million visits were made to the AgCareers.com site and AgCareers.com’s social media following experienced continued growth in 2014. There was also a rise in the number of applications going through the site, with more than 12,000 applications processed each month.

Following are a few highlights of the 2014 report:

 

  • The number of applications processed through the site increased by 13%.
  • On average, almost 5,400 North American jobs were posted on AgCareers.com each month.
  • Based on the number of jobs posted, the largest region in the U.S. was the Midwest, while the largest Canadian region was the Prairies.
  • The vast majority of applicants on AgCareers.com had an education level of a bachelor’s degree or higher (72%).
  • Sixty-eight percent of applicants had ag-based post-secondary education.

This is the seventh year AgCareers.com has published the Agribusiness Job Report. The report contains information based on an analysis of jobs posted on AgCareers.com, job seeker activity on AgCareers.com, and insight from the employers using our services.

Download free copies of the full reports at the following links:

2014 U.S. Agribusiness Job Report

2014 Canadian Agribusiness Job Report