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Agrimarketing : Career Supplement Canada
6 AGRIBUSINESS EMPLOYER GUIDE Have you ever had someone mis- takenly believe that their milk came from the grocery store versus a cow? Or, that tell you that because you work in agriculture you must be a farmer? As silly as these may seem, there are still many people that have these misconceptions of agriculture and the career opportunities available. As a student pursuing a degree in agri- culture, you have the power to posi- tively impact a peer 's life and the agriculture industry as a whole by becoming an advocate for agricul- ture and its careers. Careers that help feed the world! "This isn't just a good time for students to be excited about careers in agriculture --- this is an excellent time for young people to be associ- ated with this industry," says Mike Gaul, Director of Career Services for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State University. "The changes and advancements occurring within the agriculture industry today are truly amazing and the demand for young people is most impressive." Similarly, Owen Roberts, Agricultural Communications Instructor at the University of Guelph, shares that agriculture careers are careers of the future and present. "Agriculture is absolutely a career of the future," says Roberts. "There is more and more interest by a growing number of people who are becoming aware that they are using agriculture products. As well there is a new found and growing support for local food and the domestic agriculture industry is poised to grow and is growing now as a result of consumer and government interest." While the economy has slowed and job opportunities in many industries are on the decline, agriculture has remained steady. Job posting traffic on AgCareers.com, the leading online job board for agriculture and food, over the first two quarters of 2009 compared to the first two quarters of 2008 showed a 3% increase. And, job appli- cations for this same time frame jumped by nearly 40%. When looking at employment within agriculture, the industry as a whole does not tend to experience the same highs and lows as other industries do. While this is not reflec- tive of all sectors within agriculture, the ag industry produces products that will always be needed by a global population. Agribusiness competes with many negative stereotypes, one of the largest stereotypes that the industry must overcome to recruit more young people into the industry is the realization that there are more career opportunities beyond being a farmer or on the production side of agriculture. While these are impor- tant and critical to the survival of the industry and the world, there are CAREERS THAT FEED THE WORLD by Erika Brandt, AgCareers.com Marketing and Communications Manager