Are farming jobs endangered? Hardly

By Brandie Piper

Published Oct. 22, 2015 on Discover.Monsanto.com.

A recent article published by CareerCast.com added an interesting profession to its list of most-endangered jobs of 2015 – farmers. A more thorough look at farming dynamics and the numbers paints a different picture.

Farming is becoming more high-tech, which opens the doors for technology career opportunities within agriculture. Farmers are using data for everything from precisely determining which types of seeds will grow best in certain locations to knowing how much rainfall each acre of land has received, which means they’re able to irrigate crops more precisely. This data comes from agriculture professionals who are constantly working on ways to make farming more sustainable.

Learn more: Looking for a job? Consider agriculture

According to a 2015 analysis by Purdue University in conjunction with the USDA, there is a surplus of agriculture jobs for college graduates, with only 61 percent of positions being filled. Agriculture jobs can include plant breeding, sales, research, quality assurance, marketing, and engineering, and many of them are closely-tied to STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math)… [continue reading]

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