Despite talk about a challenging agricultural economic climate, there was still nearly 60,000 job openings posted on AgCareers.com in 2016.  Data also shows increased interest in agricultural careers, as AgCareers.com experienced more visits and candidate applications in 2016.

AgCareers.com just released their 2016 U.S. Agribusiness Job Report, an analysis of jobs posted, feedback from clients, and job seeker traffic on the site.  Visits to AgCareers.com were up 22% and page views increased by 26% when comparing 2016 to 2015. 

On average, 5,000 North American jobs were posted on AgCareers.com each month in 2016, with the largest number of jobs posted in the Midwest region of the United States. 

Job listings on AgCareers.com are categorized by industry type and career type.  When we look across all U.S. regions, “Plant & Soil Sciences, Seed and Biotechnology” was the leading industry type with more than 6,000 positions posted.  “Crop Production” was a close second with nearly 6,000 positions.  

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Under career types, “Farm & Ranch Operations/Herdsperson/On Farm” career type moved to the number one spot in 2016 with more than 8,000 jobs posted, followed by “Sales/Retail” with 7,904 jobs.    

There is increased interest among candidates to pursue careers in agriculture and use AgCareers.com in the job search process.  Almost 9,000 new resumes were added to the AgCareers.com database in 2016.  

AgCareers.com processed more than 100,000 applications through the site in 2016, an increase of 15% from 2015.  Sixty percent of these applicants had a bachelor’s degree or higher and 49% had an ag-based degree.  Nearly half of applicants were currently or most recently in an ag occupation, while just over 10% were students.  Those in non-ag occupations were typically in roles with transferable skills applicable to agriculture, such as sales or skilled trades.  Illustrating the diverse array of applicants with experience, 33% had 10-plus years of experience, while 55% has 5 or less years of experience. 

The Agribusiness Job Report contains information based on an analysis of jobs posted on AgCareers.com, job seeker activity on AgCareers.com, and insight from the employers using our services.  

Editor’s Note: Download your free copy of the full 2016 AgCareers.com U.S. Agribusiness Job Report by visiting www.AgCareers.com and clicking on Market Research under the drop-down menu.  A separate Canadian edition is also available.  For more information contact agcareers@agcareers.com