Canada’s agriculture industry is one of the few industries that has consistently continued to develop throughout history.
While it has seen incredible growth, it’s also an industry that has often overlooked by young professionals and recent graduates – until now. Today, recent graduates are realizing the enormous benefits of launching their careers in agriculture and its personal and financial rewards.
This week is Agriculture Week at TalentEgg, and we’ve decided to highlight the 5 biggest reasons why you should invest in a career in agriculture. Check it out!
1) Diverse career selection
It’s true that much of the work in agriculture is the cultivation of plants. But the diverse careers available to aspiring professionals are often glossed over.
Your role doesn’t need to be on a farm – and for most people, it isn’t. There is an incredible variety of career options for recent grads and professionals, and you can be sure that there is something for everyone!
The industry needs marketing and advertising professionals to not only sell agricultural products to consumers, but to also determine what they want.
It also needs scientists to study the soil, changing weather conditions and conduct genetic research to develop new strains of plants that are resistant to drought or parasites.
Agriculture also needs sales professionals to sell products to consumers, and agricultural equipment to manufacturing firms. The industry also works in conjunction with logistics professionals who are able to develop supply chain management strategies that ensure productions levels meet demand, and that storage, transport and consumption of raw materials is sound.
2) A growing industry
Consumer demands for agricultural products are growing both at home and around the world. In fact, according to CropLife Canada, world food demands are expected to swell by 70% by the year 2050.
Canada is the 5th largest exporter of agricultural goods on the planet. Not only that, but the opportunity for greater development and export is already materializing. Since 2007, China’s import of Canadian vegetable oil has increased by 300% – furthermore, within the last 6 years, Canada’s exports to Russia alone have increased by 430%!
Growing demand also means different kinds of agricultural products – particularly in the homes of consumers. Canadians are showing greater interest in eating healthier, organic, and locally-grown foods. Because of this, the agricultural industry has had to adjust its processes, since more farmers are selling a higher volume of product all year long.
3) Jobs, Jobs, Jobs
In recent years, the consumption of agricultural products has seen exponential growth. Consumer demand is at an all time high – so it’s natural that the industry is looking to hire recent graduates and young professionals as soon as possible.
In fact, according to University of Guelph’s Ontario Agricultural College, there are THREE jobs waiting for every agronomics graduate in Ontario.
This trend doesn’t seem to be changing anytime soon. Statistics Canada predicted there would be a shortage of workers from 2011-2020 in Canada’s agricultural industry, whether they are operators, scientists or contractors. This means recent graduates and students will not only find jobs immediately upon graduation, but also make an impressive wage while pursuing their careers.
4) Sustainability at the Core
At the heart of Canada’s agriculture industry, there is a huge focus on environmental sustainability. Many industry professionals are committed to ensuring that food production demands are met well into the future, and that cultivation is pursued in the same manner.
The industry is also looking to utilize methods that are environmentally-friendly, replacing existing sources of energy that are otherwise detrimental. In fact, these efforts have already been underway with regard to Canada’s agricultural industry. With the recognition that the use of biodiesel reducing 99% of the GHG emissions made by gasoline, the Government of Canada has pushed for biofuel.
Canada’s agriculture industry is also a leader internationally, ranking 1st among G7 countries for the lowest food processing costs.
5) Technological Innovation
With a demand for higher quality and quantity of food and related products, Canada’s agriculture industry, is now centred around technological innovation.
The industry has invested in research and development to develop and innovate with the environment in mind. Scientists today are interested in developing crops that are pesticide-free, resistant to disease, and able to withstand difficult weather conditions.
More recent innovations in Canada’s agricultural industry include vertical farming to meet growing world food demands, and more pro-active efforts to address climate change, such as carbon-capture technology.