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

Mechanic

Mechanic

If you like working with your hands, but also enjoy computers and precision engineering, a career as an agriculture mechanic might be right for you.

Technical Development Specialist

Technical Development Specialist

Kevin works as a Technical Development Specialist with BASF. His main role is technology transfer – moving information and products from the researcher who created them to the farmer who will use them. 

Irrigation Agrologist

Irrigation Agrologist

Jeff Ewen is an Irrigation Agrologist with a provincial Ministry of Agriculture. His work helps industry and governments come to better understand the direct agronomic challenges faced by producers along with practical solutions to these challenges.

Precision Agronomist

Precision Agronomist

Katie MacMillan is a Precision Agronomist with Farmers Edge. Her company provides agronomy and Variable Rate Technology services to farmers, connecting technology with traditional agronomic practices. 

Drone Operator

Drone Operator

The use of remotely piloted drones allows Crop Command Agronomy to employ a more targeted approach and deliver more quantitative analysis of a field.

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.

Research Assistant

Research Assistant

Simranjit is a part of the international breeding program at Dow AgroSciences. Using state-of-the-art genetic technology, he looks at how different crop varieties from around the world may help to increase yields, resist stress and combat disease. Their goal is to reduce input costs for farmers in temperate climates.

Aerial Applicator

Aerial Applicator

Aerial spraying is not only good for producers, but it’s also good for the environment. Producers reduce their work load and stress since an airplane can accomplish more in an hour than conventional ground equipment can in a day. This means less fuel used, less air pollution and no soil compaction.

Design Engineer

Design Engineer

With a rising global population and less land to grow food, it’s up to farmers to make efficient use of this land. Companies such as Bourgault are helping farmers achieve this goal through fertilizer and seed placement technologies that lead to better yields and more efficient use of the land.

Research Analyst

Research Analyst

With no background in farming, and a love for mathematics, Daniel never calculated that he would work in the agriculture industry. However, his decision to do so has added up to an enjoyable and fulfilling career.