New and emerging job roles are evolving out of the convergence of agricultural practices and technology in global market places and supply chains. For example, Business Improvement and Transformation Practitioners can bring new ideas into the business including ag and food tech developments.
Managing people, accountabilities and responsibilities is a core capability for leaders in agriculture with Human Resource Managers or Consultants increasingly being appointed as agriculture business expand. Food processing, product development, packaging design, export and the management of water and the environment provide opportunities for current and future job roles.
Marketing and branding is important for your products to stand out and gain recognition locally, nationally and internationally. Skills in digital and social media, cultural understanding and global markets are sought after by agricultural brands and farms where agriculture is a tourism experience for Marketing Managers, Social and Public Relations Manager. Sales Managers and team members, are the face of the product managing face to face and online customer experiences. Learning to tell the story of the agribusiness and what you produce plus across your region and supply chain is critical to success.
Science Technology Engineering and Maths (STEM) underpins smart farm jobs with the application of apps and software like farmware for crop, farm and yield management, maths and engineering to increase productivity and reduce inefficiencies, hardware innovations and the deployment of autonomous vehicles, drones and robots.
Wearables in agriculture, artificial intelligence, big data analytics, data scientists, development of online marketplaces and platforms, developments in alternative proteins, biomaterials, crops with the “best’ oil profile and algae, food waste and the implementation of block chain and fintech will create new jobs.
Emerging jobs may include:
- Animal Psychologist
- Biomaterials Production Manager
- Drone Operator
- Ecosystem Managers
- Energy Farmer
- Insect Farmer
- Sustainable Food Analyst
- Urban Farmer
- Vertical Farmer
- Water Resource Scientists
- Web 3.0 Farm Host
Startups and entrepreneurs are solving problems in agriculture with venture capitalists around the world interested in investing if the solution is scalable. For example, DroneAg is an intelligent farming solution assisting farmers and agricultural consultants to improve farm management decisions, saving time and money.
BrightFarms is another example. With the demand for hyper-local produce growing, this startup is building and operating greenhouses in urban areas. They’ve partnered with supermarkets to enable them to maximise produce freshness.
Cattle and beef producers are introducing wearable technology, with RFID tags on cattle, and integrated software to collect and analyse its information. There’s also irrigation hardware engineered to maximise limited water supply and biotechnology companies developing future cash crops.
Investing in IT infrastructure is going to play an important role in creating jobs. Cloud-based software solutions, sensor networks and data services require fast connectivity. Digital tools could be utilised to overcome geographical disadvantages. Creating such a reliable digital system will require the brightest minds in IT.
These innovations illustrate how modern farming enables the collection of data that tells a story of the food. Yet, data analysts, software designers and business support services aren’t professions traditionally connected to agriculture.
There are particular science related jobs that’ll expand as the demand in agriculture increases. This includes plant scientists, water-resource scientists, engineers, farm animal veterinarians, pest control specialists, plant geneticists and agricultural lawyers. Farm jobs are less about driving tractors and more about management and business within the food sector – such as ag loan officers, land use managers, marketing specialists, and sales representatives.
From the farm gate through to the food on the plate, there are many new jobs even after the product has left the farm. Agriculture is no longer only a farmer working in a field. Growing urbanisation, an increased demand for food and technology innovations are all changing the sectors entire job landscape – agriculture is more diverse than ever before.