Agriculture Careers

What is your future? Do you dream of owning your own business? Maybe you are the creative type, eager to make your mark with graphic design? Or perhaps you get excited by the idea of a career in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)? Would you be surprised to learn that all of those  (and more!) are career options within the agri-food sector?  Careers in agriculture and food are incredibly diverse… and they aren’t all on the farm.

The agriculture and food sector is at the leading edge of research and innovation to address global challenges. There are endless opportunities which will allow you to make a difference: feed the growing population, protect the environment, care for animals, or help people.

So go ahead…take a look through these profiles of real Canadians working in agriculture and food. You may just get a glimpse of what your future can hold.

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Agriculture Careers

Farmer/Rancher and Manager

Farmer/Rancher and Manager

Eric is a fifth generation farmer/rancher. Along with his father and business partner, he manages a feedlot, commercial cattle herd and grain farm. Eric is a strong ‘agvocate’ for the ag industry and understands the essential role primary production plays in a safe and nutritious global food supply. 

Veterinarian Technician

Veterinarian Technician

There is no such thing as “typical” days for Breanna. Every day brings new challenges to meet the incredible demand for veterinary services in her clinic’s region. With a mixed practice that serves both pet and commercial animal needs, there is an incredibly interesting variety to her days at the clinic.

Cattle Marketer

Cattle Marketer

Alan spends most of his days talking with cattle producers, either on the ranch or over the phone.. These conversations focus on co-ordinating the logistics for moving cattle from producers to buyers, establishing contracts and arranging financial analysis. 

Large Animal Veterinarian

Large Animal Veterinarian

Working as a veterinarian with a focus on large animals can be challenging but comes with its rewards. As a veterinarian you have the opportunity to build relationships with families as you work with them on a long-term basis.

Assistant Professor Animal Science

Assistant Professor Animal Science

Natacha is an Assistant Professor of Animal Science at a leading Canadian university. As one of five Northern Ecosystem Toxicology Initiative (NETI) researchers, Natasha uses her training as a toxicologist to address contaminant issues in animal health. 

Provincial Livestock Engineer

Provincial Livestock Engineer

Teddi’s main job is implementing the Agricultural Operations Act, which protects water resources by requiring intensive livestock operations to have adequate waste storage and waste management plans. Between the office and the field, she provides technical assistance to producers and regional engineers. 

Livestock Auctioneer

Livestock Auctioneer

Ryan’s work involves being at the market every day, working with producers to provide them the tools they need to make informative marketing decisions. It’s Ryan’s job to read the experienced buyers and professionally sell the product to ensure producers are getting a competitive price.