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Strong Job Outlook for Agriculture

May 12, 2011
By: Sara Schafer, Farm Journal Media Business and Crops Editor
 
 

Unemployment was well over 9% in the U.S. in 2010, but a bright spot in the job market was agriculture, according to the 2010 Agribusiness Job Report released by AgCareers.com.

In 2010, 3,000 new jobs were posted each month to AgCareers.com, an online job board for agriculture, food, biotechnology and natural resource occupations.
 

Here are some key findings from the 2010 report:

  • Total number of job postings in the U.S. and Canada were over 36,000, up 23% from 2009.
 
  • The largest number of posted jobs was in the Midwest, with nearly 22,000 jobs (up 15% from 2009).
 
  • Jobs posted ranged in industry type, such as agronomy, biotechnology, equipment/machinery, etc., which appeal to a large audience of job seekers.
 
  • Jobs posted require a wide array of education levels. Forty-seven percent of jobs posted required a bachelor’s degree or higher, while 19% of posted jobs required a minimum of a high school diploma. Ten percent required a skilled trade certificate, while 24% required a college/associates diploma.
 
  • 2010 total job views were up 11.7% over 2009, reaching over 7.5 million.
 
  • Nearly 60% of job seekers on AgCareers.com had more than three years of experience in 2010, the same percentage as 2009.
 
  • The majority of job seekers on AgCareers.com had at least an education level of bachelor’s degree or higher (58%).
 

Where the Jobs Are

The table below shows the top ten ranking states for jobs posted on AgCareers.com in 2010.
 

Figure 4. Top 10 Job Posting States
States
Number of Jobs Posted
Iowa
4,343
Illinois
4,273
Nebraska
2,354
Kansas
1,901
Indiana
1,769
Wisconsin
1,518
Minnesota
1,464
Texas
1,356
Missouri
1,101
South Dakota
1,099

 
Iowa overtook Illinois in 2010 for the most jobs posted. Compared to 2009, the number of job postings in South Dakota almost doubled, bumping Ohio out of the top ten.
 
Texas moved up two spots and remains the only non-Midwest state ranked in the top ten. The rest of the states within the top ten remained the same but may have slightly shifted in rank.
 

Top 5 Career Types

As expected, sales/marketing and management positions were the leading career types posted on the AgCareers.com site because these jobs are relevant for the majority of industry types. The number of custom applicators almost doubled from 2009 to 2010.
 

Career Type
# of Jobs
Percentage
Sales/Marketing
8,789
25%
Management/Manager
3,638
11%
Custom Applicator
2,091
6%
Production
1,921
6%
General
1,784
5%

 
For More Information
See the complete study and learn more about www.AgCareers.com.
 

 

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