AgCareers.com has just published the “U.S. Agribusiness Job Outlook” and found that job postings were slightly up in 2009 from 2008. The slight increase shows that employment in most agriculture sectors did not experience as harsh affects as some other industries.

“The economic crisis has had an impact on everyone, and while we (agriculture) are beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel, we know it will be a slow rebound,” says Eric Spell, AgCareers.com president.

The ag-career Web site saw an increase of more than 4,000 additional job seekers previewing available jobs in 2009 over 2008, with a growing number of applicants who had not recently or ever worked in agriculture. Many had grown up on a farm, obtained an agriculture degree or worked in the agriculture industry awhile back and were looking to return. .

AgCareers.com attracts a wide variety of applicant traffic, including job seekers with several years of experience. This year applicant traffic with three to five years of experience had the largest growth.

A few highlights from this year’s report, include:

  • Average number of job views in the United States per month was more than 10,500.
  • More than 25,300 jobs were posted in the United States in 2009.
  • The monthly average for jobs posted by companies in the United States was more than 2,000 jobs.
  • Approximately 900 jobs were forwarded to family and friends each month.
  • There were more than 19,000 jobs posted in the Midwest (highest posting region on AgCareers.com) over the past year followed by more than 2,000 jobs posted in the West.

This is the second year AgCareers.com has published the Agribusiness Job Outlook. The report contains information based on an analysis of jobs posted on AgCareers.com, job seeker activity on its career Web site and insight from employers who use the company’s services.

You can download a free copy of the “2009 U.S. Agribusiness Job Outlook.”   

To request the soon-to-be published “2009 Canadian Agribusiness Job Outlook” e-mail agcareers@agcareers.com and use the subject line Canadian 2009 Job Outlook.

Source: AgCareers.com