Source: Weed Science Society of America
Job opportunities in the crop sciences are booming despite other industries lagging. One driver: an aging workforce. Many predict that up to half of all crop scientists in industry and government jobs will retire over the next decade. A recent report by Purdue University and the U.S. Department of Agricultures National Institute of Food and Agriculture predicts more than 54,000 agriculture-related job openings annually between 2010 and 2015.
"There isn't a better business to be in right now," said Randy Smith, a member of the Weed Science Society of America and a field research and development leader for Dow AgroSciences. "Agricultural scientists have an opportunity to feed a hungry world and to write the next chapter in the 'Green Revolution.' It's a cutting-edge profession and a noble calling."