Trending and “Hot” Careers in the Agriculture and Food Industries

What are the trending and “hot” careers in agriculture and food? If you’re in the agribusiness job market, determining your career path, or looking for a change of pace, check out these nationwide occupations that seem to currently occupy the sweet spot in agricultural hiring:

Custom Applicator

There’s always more applicator positions open than people to fill them. Currently, there are more than 500 active custom applicator openings on, a leading online career management resource targeting the agriculture, agri-science, agribusiness and food industries.

What does a custom applicator do? A custom applicator makes sure that spray equipment is working properly and they apply pesticides or fertilizer in fields.

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The agriculture and food industries employ people in almost every engineering discipline, from mechanical, to chemical, software, packaging, environmental, process, electrical, design, and more.

What does an engineer in the ag industry do? In the agriculture industry, an engineer is responsible for applying their knowledge of engineering technology and biological science to design agricultural structures, machinery, equipment, and processes.

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Production Technician

Production Technician is the top trending technician type but there are several additional technician jobs in agriculture, such as service, research, veterinary, and landscape, to name a few.

What does a production technician do? A production technician sets up, operates, executes, monitors, documents, and disassembles process equipment.

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Sales and Marketing Representative

Typically, sales and marketing roles are the most frequently posted career type. Every organization needs representatives to promote and sell their product line, whether it’s to producers, suppliers, or dealers.

What does a sales and marketing representative do? In the agriculture industry, a sales and marketing representative optimizes sales of agricultural products and services in an assigned territory.

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This post was adapted from an article written by Bonnie Johnson of in the September 18, 2019 edition of the Newsletter.

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By Paul Gagnon
Paul Gagnon Career Consultant, College of Agriculture, Health, and Natural Resources Paul Gagnon