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Career Opportunities in Agriculture

Agriculture today is an exciting field within which many career paths can be pursued.  The diversity of agriculture as a sector of our market economy is astounding.  Careers in the basic sciences, biotechnology, animal science, agronomy, horticulture, dairy, poultry, beef, hay production, animal management, sales and marketing, viticulture and enology, food services, equipment sales and service, production agriculture, environmental science, organic production of foodstuffs, plant and animal breeding, and all types of further processing of raw agricultural food and fiber products are just a few of the many possibilities.  Within NTCC’s 8-county service area (Camp, Cass, Franklin, Hopkins, Morris, Titus, Upshur, and Wood) total gross agriculture sales approach $500 million, with poultry and eggs, milk, and beef holding the top three spots.  If one considers gross agriculture sales for the entire State of Texas, this figure swells to more than $16 billion.  As a segment of our national economy, it has been estimated that agriculture accounts for 16% of the Gross National Product.  To learn about career opportunities in agriculture, please click on any of the following links to access search engines and other sources of information:

Ag 1 Source: http://www.ag1source.com/(job search engine)

Ag Careers: http://www.agcareers.com/ (job search engine)

AgForLife, sponsored by Texas A&M University: http://agforlife.com/

AgriCareers, Inc.: http://www.agricareersinc.com/ (job search engine)

Bestard Ag Placements: http://www.bestard.on.ca (job search engine for ag jobs in Canada)

Careers: Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, sponsored by ISEEK, Minnesota’s gateway to career, education, employment and business information; includes video clips for a variety of agricultural careers: http://www.iseek.org/education/studyList?id=01

Careers with the Agricultural Research Service: http://www.ars.usda.gov/Careers/

Federal Government jobs: http://www.makingthedifference.org/federalcareers/agriculture.shtml

FFAhttps://www.ffa.org/ffaresources/career/Pages/default.aspx This is an excellent search engine by which you can learn more about a variety of agriculture careers

Hansen Agri-Placement: http://www.hansenagriplacement.com (job search engine)

Making a difference: Agricareers, a compilation of web resources about a variety of agriculture jobs: http://www.ag.ncat.edu/extension/programs/dte/careersites.html

Peace Corps’ Careersin Agriculture publication: http://www.peacecorps.gov/index.cfm?shell=resources.former.carres.rvspubs.agcareer 

Purdue University and the USDA Living Science careers page, an excellent listing of numerous agriculture careers and descriptions of each: http://www.agriculture.purdue.edu/USDA/careers/index.html 

Quintessential Careers collection of job resources for agriculture, zoology and the environment, includes links to some unique horticulture jobs: http://www.quintcareers.com/agricultural_jobs.html

University of Kentucky, College of Agriculture Agripedia, Careers in Agriculture: http://www.ca.uky.edu/agripedia/agmania/career/

University of Tennessee-Knoxville, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources:  http://career.utk.edu/agriculture/default.php 

USDA careers, USDA careers, including internships:

Vocational Information Center, Career and Technical Education Web Resources for agriculture, aquaculture and forestry: http://www.khake.com/page39.html — an excellent source of career information

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This page last updated by R. McCracken on 03/01/2012

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