Agriculture majors are finding the lucrative job market more attractive than ever.
But the job market for people like those in the field is still quite challenging.
With the economy so hot and a flood of applications flooding the university system, universities are finding themselves struggling to keep up with demand.
Some of the jobs that have popped up are so challenging that they’re starting to resemble something out of a science fiction movie.
For example, a lot of agricultural engineering majors are now finding themselves in a position of being part of a team, often a research team, that builds, tests and tests agricultural technologies.
The team is called an agronomist, or agronome.
Agronomists are experts in farming technologies and are responsible for developing, testing and testing new agricultural methods.
In addition to testing new farming techniques, agronomers often help farmers make adjustments to their existing crop rotation or crop varieties, and even plant seeds.
They also help farmers manage water use and fertilization issues.
Agronomies typically work in areas where it’s not uncommon for farmers to be forced to plant new crops and plant a lot more.
The job is often extremely stressful.
As with many professions, it’s easy to get bored, which is why many agronomicians choose to stay on campus.
For some, however, the job is no longer that exciting.
For others, the prospect of earning more money has made them question whether the career path they chose is the right one for them.
For those who have chosen to stay in school for the rest of their lives, it could be an uncomfortable transition.
But even with all the pressure on university campuses, some graduates are finding their new jobs more rewarding than ever, said Dr. James D. Fiedler, associate dean for the College of Agriculture, Horticulture and Environment at the University of Michigan.
Fiedler said he’s been surprised at how much more productive his students are.
He’s noticed a lot less frustration from them when they have to make changes to their farming practices and have to work through a lot different crop rotation and crop varieties.
In fact, he said, his students often have more confidence and have fewer problems when they do make changes than they did when they were doing it on the farm.
“They can’t help but ask questions, and they’re not intimidated,” he said.
For his part, Fiedl said he sees a lot in his students that can help them to make the most of their careers in the future.
For example, students are now spending more time doing things like building software for farmers, or getting into the business of developing food systems for farms.
“We have students now that are more interested in careers in technology than agriculture,” he told ABC News.
Fedler said that, in some cases, he’s even seen more students pursuing jobs in agriculture, such as developing systems to help farmers reduce their water use.
Faced with so much pressure, many students who want to leave school are opting to stay for the long term.
For Dr. Sarah E. Stadler, a professor of agriculture and director of the Agricultural Engineering Research Laboratory at Michigan State University, it has been rewarding for her to see how her students have changed over time.
Stadler said she has been impressed by the way students have been able to grow in their careers, whether it be through more research or taking on more challenging tasks.
“I’m glad that the faculty at MSU have been so willing to give me a chance to stay here and help them develop this field and give them a greater chance of success,” she said.
Staceler said there are still some areas where she sees some areas of concern.
She said she is worried that some students may not be fully prepared for the challenges they’ll face when they graduate.
For Staceler, one area that she has noticed is that many students are still struggling to find the right work, especially with the new crop rotation programs that are taking place in the state.
“There’s a lot that needs to be done in the research lab, and that’s where students are struggling to make it in this field,” she told ABCNews.
Stadeler said many of the research labs that have sprung up around agriculture are located in remote areas and are very small.
She believes that could lead to some students finding it hard to find jobs as agricultural engineers.