U.S. farms are growing in size and shrinking in total numbers but that shouldn’t discourage people from pursuing a career in agriculture. Deborah Bridges is an agribusiness professor at the University of Nebraska – Kearney and believes the number of ag jobs will continue to rise in the years ahead.
Bridges says, “all of those services from the farm gate to the consumer’s plate, those are areas of job growth. In fact, we’re expecting to see increased job opportunities all the way through 2050. There is a big demand for students who have an agribusiness degree.
Agriculture is Nebraska’s top industry and Bridges says many of their students want to stay in Nebraska and a degree in agribusiness offers them the opportunity to do so.
UNK’s agribusiness program has a job placement rate of nearly 100 percent. Students are working in agronomy, grain merchandising, agriculture sales, insurance sales and adjusting, finance, marketing ethanol production, consulting, feedlot management and more. Bridges says their internship program also helps students as they prepare for their career.
Bridges says, “We build the foundation of basic business, then give students the experience and skill sets they need to be successful in agribusiness.”