After having spent many of my posts talking about how young adults can be involved in agriculture throughout High School, I think it’s important to discuss how the can continue learning about and contributing to the world of agriculture.
The first big thing that comes to mind would be to enroll in agriculture based college courses that peak your interest or maybe even purse a degree in an Agriculture based major. There are many options when it comes to agriculture based courses that mainly fall under education (the school-based agriculture programs we have previously discussed), business, sciences, technology, and basic agriculture. Agriculture sciences can be even more specific than you may think, ranging from plant and soil sciences to animal sciences. All of these courses have Agriculture based majors associated with them and can be used in hundreds of different job opportunities. For those that may not be interested in traditional college, there’s the option of going into trade schools where students are offered a hands on approach at learning, the ability to start earning money in that field before completing school, and excellent chances of being hired once they complete training. there are many agriculture related jobs that can be acquired from trade schools like welding, mechanic/service technician, electrician, vet tech., and many more.
Speaking of jobs, not everyone goes to college at all and there are many opportunities for those individuals to remain involved in agriculture as well. Many jobs do not require certain qualifications where schooling is required. I would even go as far as saying these jobs allow you to be more involved in the heart of agriculture. The biggest area of job opportunities would be the agriculture production or farming and livestock production. You may think this is the most simple area of agriculture but there are so many jobs within production agriculture that may make it out to be much more complicated. These jobs include farm & ranch operation manager, operator, general laborer, sales, accounting, maintenance, pest control, and even something known as an agronomist, not to mention the many more responsibilities that come with making it all happen.
The opportunities are endless and the world of agriculture might finally be starting to look bigger than you thought.