Food scientists, biochemists and veterinarians are all part of the Florida agricultural job sector – a sector that accounts for nearly 20 percent of all jobs in the state.
More than 2.27 million people work in direct and indirect agricultural jobs in Florida, according to Florida Agriculture Fast Facts 2018, published by the University of Florida. More of those agriculture jobs are found off the farm than on them. Even in large metro counties like Miami-Dade County, agriculture accounts for 16 percent of all jobs. The job outlook in agriculture for the future is strong. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) says that through 2020, college graduates with education and expertise in food, agriculture, renewable natural resources and the environment will be able to find good employment opportunities. USDA predicts nearly 58,000 average openings in those areas for graduates with bachelor’s degrees or higher.
The strongest job market will be for plant scientists, food scientists, sustainable biomaterials specialists, water resources scientists and engineers, precision agriculture specialists, and farm-animal veterinarians.