Where the Jobs Are

Today, agricultural jobs can be found across the country and around the world.

Many agriculture jobs tend to be clustered around several urban areas, including Minneapolis, MN; Indianapolis, IN; Des Moines, IA; Research Triangle Park, NC; St. Louis, MO; and Wilmington, DE. Technical jobs tend to be in farming or rural areas, while greenhouse and laboratories are usually closer to urban areas.

Employers include seed companies, universities, state and federal seed and regulatory agencies, crop improvement associations, and seed- and trait-testing laboratories.

Listed below are the world's top-8 seed companies, which can be expected to be leading sources of employment.

The World's Top-8 Seed Companies - 2008

Company 2008 seed sales
U.S.$ millions
1. Monsanto $6,632
2. DuPont (Pioneer) $3,992
3. Syngenta $2,442
4. Vilmorin (Limagrain) $1,321
5. KWS $923
6. Bayer $662
7. Dow $470
8. DLF-Trifolium $442

Source: Phillips McDougall

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Find the Job for You

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