Anticipate about 14,500 average annual job openings for science and engineering positions in agricultural and food systems, renewable energy, and the environment during 2010–15. Relatively more of the openings are expected during the latter portion of the period with the anticipation of a stronger macroeconomy and the need to replace retired workers. An estimated 6,200 qualified graduates will be available from agricultural and life science, forestry and natural resources, and veterinary medicine disciplines, and 7,900 from allied fields of study.
Animal science, food science, environmental science, and agricultural and biological engineering will provide one-half of all graduates from agricultural and life science, forestry and natural resources, and veterinary medicine disciplines. In contrast, plant scientists will account for fewer than ten percent of the total graduates from these academic programs.
There will be good opportunities for plant geneticists and breeders, climate change analysts, food safety specialists, renewable energy engineers, nutritionists, biostatisticians, public sector veterinarians, nanotechnologists, biochemists, and animal pathologists.