Unusual Professions: Agricultural And Food Scientist


With the global population increasing every year and large multinationals such as Monsanto, Kellog, DuPont, and others heavily committed to agriculture and seed development, there will be a natural demand  for professionals in the agribusiness area. Agricultural science is a very broad field, including agricultural biotechnology, aquaculture, forestry, genetic engineering, food science, microbiology, soil science, and the list could go on and on. 

The history of agriculture dates back at least to 10 000 BC, when human beings began the transition from migratory to agricultural societies. Agricultural production increased rapidly during the last century with the introduction of fertilizers and advanced pest control for crops.

The above-mentioned population increase will only hasten the process of developing new strategies to protect crops, bringing genetic engineering and soil science into the picture, since there will be a need to reduce the harm of artifical fertilizers and increase the productivity of land using organic practices.

Course to study: e.g.  Agricultural or food scientist.

Where to study: almost every University has an agricultural department offering at least a Bachelor of Science Degree. Typically there are also options for further study to earn a Master‘s or PhD Degree in the field.

What can you do as a qualified agricultural scientist:  Work for scores of multinationals and other large organizations, work on corporate farms, or own a farm of your own, also work in a lab.

Salary: Bachelor of Agricultural Science $53,000.00 to $122,000.00, depending on years of experience.

“. . . In addition, contact with nature is a very satisfying part of these jobs. If we take farmers, for example, according to the ONS Well-being study conducted by The Daily Telegraph, comparing 20 different industry sectors, it came out that people working in farming or forestry are happier people. UK Prime Minister David Cameron in 2010 noted that it’s good to start to take into account GWB (general well being) rather then just GDP.  ”

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