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US Agriculture Predicted to Create Thousands of Jobs in Next Five Years

14 May 2015

US - Nearly 58,000 jobs will open annually across the US in occupations involving agriculture and environment over the next five years, according to an employment outlook led by Purdue University.

The jobs reflect a need for a highly skilled workforce to support the industries amid projections of a world population that is expected to grow to 9 billion by 2050, noted Sonny Ramaswamy, director of the US Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).

That will create many opportunities for college graduates in those fields, said Allan Goecker, assistant dean emeritus of Purdue's College of Agriculture and lead author of the report.

"These graduates are essential to address US and global priorities of food security, sustainable energy and environmental quality," Mr Goecker said.

The report projects that 46 percent of the estimated 57,900 new job opportunities each year will be in management and business. Twenty-seven percent will be in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, the so-called STEM areas.

Jobs in food and biomaterials production will comprise 15 percent, and 12 percent of the openings will be in education, communication and governmental services.

Further Reading

Read more from the report on Purdue's employment website here.

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