Agriculture & Farming Section
By Clarissa Dennis
Agriculture & Farming Jobs
The world of agricultural isn’t just a world of corn and cows, though. Working in an agricultural job could mean that you live in a city and spend your time in a research facility or creating laws just as much as it could mean that your daily “suit” is a pair of overalls. One type of job is not more important than the other.
Without people working in all types of agriculture jobs, the shelves are the grocery store would be bare and hunger would kill most of the population, since most people don’t have the time, knowledge, or living space to raise their own crops and animals.
Salary - Farmers and ranchers earned a median annual income of nearly $61,000 in 2010, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The top 10 percent of earners in the field made about $107,000 a year, while the bottom 10 percent made less than $30,000.
Education- Students can pursue an associate's degree and take classes in animal science, conservation of natural resources, farmer science and principles of horticulture. A bachelor's degree program may consist of courses in agricultural economics and agricultural business management.
Job Description- Farming is hard work, and requires a lot of knowledge and upfront investment. You have to be part entrepreneur, part small business owner, part scientist, and part manual laborer. Even if you do everything right, farming is unpredictable: natural disasters such as floods or drought can wipe out crops, pests can decimate your harvest, and the price of crops can vary dramatically.