Agriculture Opportunities

Agriculture Opportunities

Our state’s employer partners help the ag industry with education, forestry, farm equipment, water waste management, broadband, sustainable goods, livestock, and other vital infrastructures. Check out employment opportunities within local agribusinesses and food industries.

Why Work in Agriculture?

Indiana is the tenth-largest farming state in the nation. There are 94,000+ farmers in Indiana, with more than 80 percent of land devoted to farms, forests, and woodland. Agriculture contributes an estimated $31.2 billion to Indiana’s economy, with raw materials like hardwood supporting 70,000 jobs—44,000 in primary and secondary manufacturing and 26,000 in ancillary sectors.

Problem Solving

Problem Solving

As a trial-and-error profession, farming requires strong problem-solving skills. With crops exposed to the elements, wildlife, and other unforeseen obstacles, you always have to be ready to find solutions.

Mechanical and Repairing

Mechanical and Repairing

Having the ability to make regular repairs to things like buildings and equipment prevents the operation from relying on a repair professional. This allows them to save money and time.

Interpersonal Skills

Interpersonal Skills

Having effective communication and compassion helps motivate those around you. Either in the field or the lab, coaching abilities help others complete their duties. Interpersonal skills also help farmers effectively interact with buyers and build a community.

Organizational Skills

Organizational Skills

Like any business, farmers need good organizational skills to keep accurate records of various paperwork, including invoices, warranties, labor contracts, and payroll.

Career Pathways in Agriculture

Food Scientist

Agricultural and food scientists research ways to improve the efficiency and safety of agricultural establishments and products.
Median Salary:$68,830
Desired Skillscritical-thinking, data-analysis, communication
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Conservation Scientists/Foresters

Manages, improves, and protects US natural resources. They safeguard the environment by working with private landowners and federal, state, and local governments.
Median Salary:$64,010
Desired Skillsmanagement, analytical, decisionmaking
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Farm Manager

Directing and overseeing the operations on a farm. Delegate tasks like planting, fertilizing and harvesting crops among farm staff.
Median Salary:68,090
Desired SkillsAnalytical, technical critical thinking, leadership and initiative skills
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A Few Industry Facts

888,330
Farming jobs nationwide in 2020
$68-$130k
Salary range for management roles
8%
Growth for Enviromental Scientist and Specialist
List item icon$73,320 median annual wage for Environmental Scientist
List item icon$64,010
List item icon87,100 environmental science jobs in 2020
List item icon$31.2 billion generated to Indiana’s economy
List item icon94,000 farmers in Indiana
List item iconWork for small or larger farm operations with little to no experience

Featured Companies

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Logo for Our Mission 

To provide innovative equipment, services, and technological solutions resulting in sustainable business partnerships with our agricultural, turf and industrial equipment customers as well as fulfilling careers for our employee owners
Our Mission To provide innovative equipment, services, and technological solutions resulting in sustainable business partnerships with our agricultural, turf and industrial equipment customers as well as fulfilling careers for our employee owners
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Logo for As the only major agriscience company in the world dedicated to agriculture, we are building a culture that remains curious, thinks differently, acts courageously and takes a stand on what is right for our stakeholders.
As the only major agriscience company in the world dedicated to agriculture, we are building a culture that remains curious, thinks differently, acts courageously and takes a stand on what is right for our stakeholders.
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