What the Jobs Are

Agriculture-Related Jobs

Agriculture is a vital and growing business looking for bright young people who want to make a contribution to our world. This is but a sampling of the wide variety of jobs open to college graduates today:

  • Agricultural Journalist
  • Agronomist
  • Banker
  • Biologist
  • Biosecurity Consumer Information Technology
  • Commodity Broker
  • Crop Production
  • Economist
  • Environmental Science and Management
  • Food Processor
  • Food Safety
  • Food Scientist
  • Forest Manager
  • Genetics
  • Market Analyst
  • Marketing
  • Nanotechnology
  • Nutritionist
  • Plant Breeder
  • Plant Inspection
  • Natural Resources Communications
  • Packaging
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Research Scientist
  • Sales Professional
  • Station Manager
  • Statistician
  • Tourism Resources
  • Wildlife Specialist

Seed Industry Jobs

For those who are interested in working within the burgeoning seed industry, the four major areas of activity are Research, Production, Marketing, and Sales.

Research

Research involves using knowledge of genetics and genomics to improve the inherent characteristics of the seed and crop. Careers in this area include:

  • Plant breeder
  • Research scientist
  • Molecular geneticist
  • Field or lab technician
  • Entomologist
  • Pathologist

Production

Production involves multiplying small seed quantities to large, quality-controlled, commercial quantities for sale to farmer-customers. Careers include:

  • Field production agronomist
  • Plant operator
  • Maintenance technician
  • Seed-quality technician
  • Field, plant, and quality manager

Marketing

Marketing is a diverse area and, depending on the size of the company, can cover development of marketing programs, research, and planning; advertising seed products and brands; public relations and company image management; product and inventory management; and customer service. Of the many possible marketing careers, you could choose:

  • Market research and planning
  • Advertising
  • Public relations
  • Product management
  • Marketing administration
  • Customer service

Sales

Sales represents the link from the company to the customer or distributor. Members of the sales force are responsible for making recommendations to the customer, correctly positioning the seed product and marketing programs, and building trust and a professional and productive business relationship with the distributor or customer. Careers can include:

  • Sales or territory representative
  • Technical sales support or sales agronomist
  • Regional sales manager
  • National sales manager

Other

There are other careers in the seed industry that bridge between, or encompass, all the areas listed above. These may include:

  • Product development agronomist (bridge research and sales to test and position new varieties)
  • Finance (accountants and administration)
  • Human resources
  • Legal (contracts and intellectual property)
  • Information technology (support information exchange and processing)