Agriculture Careers 2020 - 2021
Agricultural careers for South Central and Southwest MN
- Minnesota ranks #4 in the nation in agricultural production, with $17 billion in agricultural sales per year.
- Agriculture added over 4,250 net new jobs from 2007 to 2017, a 25.5% growth rate, compared to a 6.2 percent growth rate across all industries statewide.
- Southern Minnesota accounted for 55% of the state’s market value of agricultural products sold, reaching almost $12 billion.
- Well over one-third of this agriculture employment is located in Southern Minnesota. According to the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) data, Southern Minnesota provides about 15 percent of total jobs in the state, but over 39 percent of the state’s jobs in agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting.
- There is a large number of vacancies and a higher level of demand were also emerging for agriculture-related occupations such as truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists; heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers; and agricultural, biological, chemical, and environmental technicians and engineers.
Click on the link below to download Agricultural infographics.
Resources to learn more about careers in Agriculture
Southern Agriculture Center of Excellence
Check out the Minnesota State Southern Agriculture Center of Excellence website and information on Agriculture career pathways. The image below provides an example of the information you will find on the website.
Don't forget to check out Agriculture Pathways in:
Power, Structural & Technical Systems
Food Products & Processing Systems
Please click or download the Agriculture Career Pathway Brochure to learn more about Agriculture training programs available at Minnesota State Colleges and Universities.
Remember CAREERwise is a great resources to explore additional career information including typical tasks, working conditions, education requirements, skills and knowledge for the career, wages and outlook and much more!
FFA: The Future of Agriculture
The letters “FFA” once stood for Future Farmers of America, but FFA is not just for students who want to be production farmers. FFA members are future teachers, doctors, scientists, business owners, and more. Today, the National FFA Organization remains committed to the individual student, providing a path to achievement in premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.
FFA continues to help the next generation rise up to meet those challenges by helping its members develop their own unique talents and explore their interests in a broad range of agricultural career pathways. So today, they are still the Future Farmers of America, but, they are also the Future Biologists, Future Chemists, Future Veterinarians, Future Engineers and Future Entrepreneurs of America, too.
Check out the Minnesota FFA website to learn more and how to get involved.
Women in the Agriculture Careers
Explore STEAgM Day Camp
2021 Explore STEAgM Day Camp
Agriculture keeps the world fed, provides raw materials, and even fuels your car. Take time to explore how agriculture affects you from your backyard to the supermarket and every step in-between. Hosted in Partnership with the Minnesota Center of Agricultural Excellence this camp takes you on an exploration of Agriculture right here in Mankato. Get your hands dirty as you explore the garden and discover what is growing or roll up your sleeves as you make your own butter. This hands-on experience takes you right into the exciting world of Agriculture.
WHO: Any Youth Entering the 6th – 9th Grade
WHEN: July 2021 * date not finalized yet
WHERE: Minnesota State University, Mankato and South Central College
Career Opportunities in the Pork industry
Your Life - Your Agriculture
Tips for attending Career Events and Career Fairs
Here are some tips to help students make a great impression when connecting with employers and employees during career events.
- Dress appropriately - this could be your future employer
- Prepare - Review information about the event and what you may like to learn during the career event.
- Practice your introduction or “elevator speech” pitch. Develop a 20-30 second introduction of yourself that includes your name, your skills and accomplishments and what kind of career you’re seeking.
- Ask relevant questions and answer questions clearly and concisely,
- Be yourself! Employers happy to help answer you question.