When people think agricultural work they think farmers. Waking up early, milking the cows and shearing sheep isn’t for everyone, and that’s not all there is to it. If you are interested in agriculture but looking to get away from life on the farm, then you need to be thinking about alternative careers in the industry.
From science and research to business management, there are plenty of careers available in agriculture that have nothing to do with driving a tractor. Check out some of these options and consider a life in one of the world’s fastest growing and most diverse industries.
It’s an agricultural consultant’s job to advise and educate farmers on the best way to improve the quality of their crops, the yield from harvests, the health of livestock and overall productivity of the farm. While most agricultural consultants have a history of experience in the field, many choose instead to study for a Bachelor’s degree in agricultural science, commerce or management before applying for a position.
An agricultural consultancy role also includes developing business strategies with farm owners and working to increase business profitability and growth, so a keen mind for numbers can be useful.
While people often think treating sick puppies and kittens when they hear the word veterinarian, most vets actually find work in other fields. Veterinarians are responsible for advising farmers on the proper health care and disease prevention methods for their livestock and even help to set the import and export standards of animals. Job prospects are great in rural areas where more veterinarians are often needed. You’ll be looking to study a Bachelor of Veterinary Science to get into the field.
An agricultural scientist studies every aspect of the farm to help improve animal health, harvest yield and prevent diseases. It’s a critical role to developing new concepts in farming and agriculture and improving productivity for the whole industry. A Bachelor’s degree in agriculture, agribusiness or a related science subject is the minimum requirement for an agricultural scientist and you also have the option to extend your studies as far as you like. Job opportunities are also prevalent with a shortage of people moving into the role.