Career Path Forecast
According to the
U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of agricultural
engineers is projected to grow 4 percent from 2014 to 2024, slower than the
average for all occupations. The need to increase the efficiency of
agricultural production systems and to reduce environmental damage should
maintain demand for these workers.
engineers have been expanding the range of projects they work on. Some of
these new project areas that will drive demand for this occupation are
alternative energies and biofuels; precision and automated farming technologies
for irrigation, spraying, and harvesting; and, even more cutting edge, how
to grow food in space to support future exploration.
efficient designs for traditional agricultural engineering projects such as
irrigation, storage, and worker safety systems will also maintain demand
for these workers. Growing populations and stronger global competition will
continue to pressure farmers to find more efficient means of production,
and toward this end, they will need agricultural engineers.
graduates of engineering programs have good job prospects and can often
enter related engineering fields in addition to the field in which they
have earned their degree. Agricultural engineering offers good
opportunities, but it is a small occupation, and engineers trained in other
fields, such as civil or mechanical engineering, also may compete for these
jobs. Graduates of biological and agricultural engineering programs may
have some advantage when applying for agricultural engineering jobs, but
some may find good prospects outside of the agricultural sector.
Note: Some resources in this section are provided by the US
Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor