April 7, 2016

Career in Agriculture Sector

According to one study, it is estimated that the annual requirement for agriculture professionals by 2020 would be around 65,000. Considering the present supply, there would be a shortage of about 30,000 professionals, thus giving a clear indication of a bright future ahead for agriculture professionals. Upon graduation or post-graduation in agriculture, there are ample opportunities in teaching, research and transfer of technology areas in ICAR, State Agricultural Universities, State Departments of Agriculture and Animal Husbandry and NGOs. The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts an annual competitive examination for recruitment in the Indian Forest Services, for which one of the educational qualifications required is Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture. Any government job that specifies graduation as the required qualification like civil services, defence services, banks etc., the Ag BSc graduates can equally apply like any other graduates. Moreover, there are large number of local, national and international private business organisations, manufactures and NGOs where agriculture professionals can find decent employment. Software companies are also looking for domain experts in agriculture industry to plan, design and implement different software solutions targetting the agriculture sector. Government of India is encouraging to start business ventures in agriculture sector with lot of schemes, subsidies, incentives and financial support. Therefore, BSc Agriculture offers a wide scope particularly in India where half the workforce is living on agriculture.

Glimpse of possible Career Options after BSc Agriculture:

  1. Master’s in Agriculture (India)
    After completing BSc Agriculture, continuing with higher agricultural education is one of the career options. There are number of reputed agriculture institutions in India to join for MSc specialising in one of the agriculture areas after qualifying with good rank in ICAR conducted JRF exam.
  2. Master’s in Agriculture (Foreign)
    Study abroad option is also available where lot of foreign universities admit Indian BSc Agriculture graduates with scholarships (Commonwealth Scholarship, Erasmus Mundus etc).
  3. Master’s in Science
    As an Agriculture graduate, one can continue higher education with masters in biotechnology (plant /animal) through IIS, IIT’s, JNU, Bose University and few more, for which appearing in entrance exams conducted by respective institutions is required.
  4. Master of Business (Agribusiness /General)
    There are large number of universities/institutions like IIM-A and IIM-L, where MBA with specialisation in Agri related business is offered.
  5. Competitive Exams
    Graduate in BSc Agriculture, like any other graduate is eligible to appear job exams in Banking, Defence, UPSC, SSC and many more organisations. Besides, there are exclusive exams only for agriculture graduates (IBPS AO, FCI, AIC, IIFCO, NSCI etc.)
  6. Campus Placements
    Many reputed companies visit agriculture colleges or universities for recruiting BSc Agriculture students under campus placement program.
  7. State Government Jobs
    Jobs like Agriculture Development Officer (ADO), Class-I (Gazetted), Agriculture Extension Officer, Range Forest Officer, District Horticulture Officer (D.H.O. Grade-I), Superintendent-Govt Garden, District Cane Officer, Assistant Conservator regularly recruited by the respective state governments.
  8. Central Government Jobs
    Agriculture Graduate Trainee in IFFCO (Indian Farmers Fertiliser Cooperative Limited, A Multistate Co-operative Society).
  9. Jobs in Banks and Insurance sector
    Field Officers, Rural Development Officers, Junior Associates and Junior Agricultural Associates, Agricultural and Probationary Officers are recruited by different public sector and private banks of India.
  10. Jobs in Teaching and Education
    For those whose passion is teaching, there are plenty of opportunities to make career in teaching at school, college and university level.
  11. Jobs in Research and Development (R & D)
    Agricultural Research Scientist (ARS) and Research Fellow posts are available with many government and private organisations.
  12. Jobs in Private Sector
    There are number of private organisations that recruit Agriculture graduates on regular basis. Click here  and here to have an idea of exisitng job openings in agriculture industry.
  13. Becoming an Entrepreneur
    No industry is best suited for becoming an entrepreneur than the agriculture sector. If your dream is to setup your own business to become an employment giver rather than an employment seeker, there are number of opportunities and promotional schemes from government to establish your own business in the agriculture related industry.
  14. Agricultural Journalism
    When your passion is writing and reporting, then Agricultural Journalism is the best choice for you.

Major Recruiting Companies in India

  1. State Bank of India
  2. Union Bank of India
  3. Oriental Bank of Commerce
  4. Syndicate Bank
  5. Indian Overseas Bank
  6. Triveni Engg. & Industries
  7. Crystal Phosphates Ltd.
  8. Mahyco Seeds Ltd.
  9. DuPont India Ltd.
  10. Bayer Crop Science
  11. Simitono
  12. UPDASP
  13. Thomson Reuters Group
  14. ISS Hicare
  15. IFFCO Kisan Sanchar Ltd.
  16. DSCL Sugar Group
  17. Simbhaoli Sugar Ltd.
  18. NDDB Dairy Services
  19. Savannah Sesds Pvt. Ltd.
  20. TECHNICO Agrisciences Ltd.
  21. Dhanuka Agritech Ltd.

Choices, alternatives and possibilities are relatively vast. Proper mindset with a goal is all that is required to explore and chase your dream in agriculture sector.

Jonathan Foley, head of the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment put it all in perspective when he said in an article published on Sustainable Plant:
“Providing food and nutrition for nine billion people (in 2050) without compromising the global environment will be one of the greatest challenges our civilization has ever faced. It will require the imagination, determination and hard work of countless people from all over the world, embarked on one of the most important causes in history. So let’s work together to make it happen. There is no time to lose.”

Agriculture career related Links:

  1. Job Opportunities after BSc Agriculture
  2. Government of India’s Agriculture Scientist Recruitment Board (ASRB)
  3. Latest Recruitment Notifications
  4. Agriculture Consultants
  5. Agriculture Career page in FaceBook
  6. Article on Agri Jobs in Employment News
  7. Agri Colleges News
  8. Agricuture Career in USA
  9. Agri NGO

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