Are you considering a job in the agricultural industry? It looks like this could be a great time to enter that field. A recent report made public at the World Food Prize Borlaug Dialogue indicates the time is right for young professionals to get into the agricultural industry.

There will be an abundance of job openings in all categories of agriculture including business, management, engineering, sciences, technology, math, and more. The report stated over 30,000 people were hired monthly in the first eight months of 2014, and 75 percent of those jobs were to people below the age of 55. The report also projected an almost 5% growth in jobs for this industry through 2019.

In recent years, we have seen major improvements in new tools and innovating products for protecting crops, new methods for more efficient production, and the introduction of varieties resistant to pests and diseases. We have also seen Citrus World Inc. put forth $10 million toward incentive plan aiming to designate acreage for orange trees. The industry is growing, the need for jobs is greater than ever, and the University of Florida is producing young professionals to accommodate these needs.

The people at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) welcomed the positive news in the report, and they vowed to keep working closely with agricultural leaders to assist with recruiting young professionals interested in this blossoming industry. The industry currently feels there are not enough applicants out there who have the necessary qualifications to be placed in these critical positions. This is good news for the up-and-coming graduates looking for careers in the agricultural industry.