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Agribusiness Jobs Are Exploding With Impressive Salaries

chris sandler 10/15/2012 @ 11:26am Just a guy who lives in Maine, has friends, has family, and has a good time.

Although rhetoric about a shortage of skilled workers in industries like engineering, nursing and information technology is rampant, there is one unlikely sector that could benefit tremendously from more skilled workers: agriculture.

According to The Detroit News, this is especially true in Michigan, where agribusiness jobs – which typically offer a starting salary of $35,000 – are now boasting impressive$75,000 to $100,000 salaries due to the increase in advanced technology in the farming sector.

The higher salaries reflect stronger demand for workers, which can be attributed to the estimated 40 percent rise in the number of crops that will be harvested throughout Michigan by 2025. Couple this with an aging workforce that plans to retire within the next 10 years, and demand isn’t expected to wane anytime soon, said Jim Byrum, president of the Michigan Agri-Business Association.

Current state projections forecast farming, fishing and forestry employment to rise 0.7 percent by 2018, and also call for a 7 percent jump in food preparation workers. All told, that’s a demand for more than 25,000 workers.

Michigan officials say there will be a 3.9 percent increase in demand for farmers and othe agricultural managers, rising to 124,590 positions, by 2020. The number of agricultural and food science technicians will also rise by 5.3 percent, while agricultural equipmentoperator positions will climb 1.7 percent to 1,890.

“These are not low-wage, poor-benefit occupations,” said Byrum, adding that the starting annual starting salary for crop and soil science graduates is about $50,000.

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