What is the Agriculture Industry, Really?
The Agriculture industry is responsible for fulfilling our basic human need for energy in addition to materials for shelter and clothing. It directly impacts our daily lives, and we truly could not live without it. Companies that support Agriculture unite people walking different career paths since its important mission needs team work. Whether you are interested in forestry and soil conservation or operations and sales, Agriculture has a place for you.
Your Military Skills Foundation
When asked about how military service members fit into the Agriculture industry, the former Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, said, “What we know is that veterans are problem solvers. They understand duty and responsibility. They are incredible hires.”
Agriculture is more than growing crops and handling livestock on farms. It requires technology, data analysis and creative thinking and engineering skills that the military community has in spades. To help you translate those skills, we have employers who are ready to discuss your past experience and current skill set as well as provide career paths in line with where you want to be in your civilian profession. Click on "Leaders" below to learn more.
Featured Agriculture Careers
Scroll below to learn more about just a few of the career paths the Agriculture industry provides to Veterans, members of the Guard and Reserve, transitioning service members and military families. Click on each job title for more details. (Note that all salary information was compiled from information provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics as an industry average.)
After a farmer has harvested their crop, they load up the dry grains onto a truck to be transported to a grain elevator. Grain elevators are large storage silos, several stories high, that are used to house massive quantities of grain.
When a farmer arrives on site, they first takes their truck to the scale.
$72,004 - $97,280
Commodity traders/merchandisers make bids/offers to buy and sell grain, food ingredients, agronomy products and fertilizer, refined fuel products and lubricants, manage logistics, as well as monitor markets and manage risk.
Operations specialists may perform warehouse work, including shipping and receiving; handle grain, fertilizer and crop protection products; operate heavy equipment and/or manufacturing equipment; or perform other maintenance duties.
$26,033 - $34,630
Laborers are essential to the Agriculture industry, and despite the seasonal nature of some jobs, they are always in demand. The sheer number and diversity of jobs in this category may surprise you. Agricultural workers and laborers are employed in greenhouses and plant nurseries as well as on farms and ranches.
Custom applicators drive large equipment to apply fertilizer and crop protection products to farm fields. Off-season responsibilities may include driving trucks and other equipment, and performing warehouse work.
Agricultural sales representatives market fuel, propane, lubricants, animal feed, seed, fertilizer, agronomy services, finance, insurance, equipment, and a number of other products and services to Agriculture customers.
Agronomists have a degree in agronomy or related field and use their education to collect soil, plant, and water samples and analyze data to help them diagnose the needs of crops and improve agricultural growth. In addition, many agronomists will interact with clients, develop budgeting plans, and lead teams.
maintenance repair worker
As a mechanic, carpenter, electrician, welder, pipe-fitter, instrument technician or boiler operator, you will support the safe and efficient operation of facilities.
Soil Conservationists plan resource management systems and provide basic consulting services to nonprofit and for-profit groups. In the Agricultural industry, Soil Conservationists use their skills to ensure soil and also water, plants, and animal resources remain sustainable for the worldwide environment and industry.