March 4th, 2010
By Angela Martin
Students and individuals who want to maintain a career in the agricultural or forestry industry do not necessarily have high hopes for a competitive salary, but instead wish for a future they will enjoy being a part of. However, some fields within the industry present a better alternative for a higher salary than others. Careers in farming and animal maintenance can vary extraordinarily depending on your level of experience and the type of work which is required.
Animal breeders, for example, can make as little as $16,000 a year, or as high as $54,000 a year. This is a noticeably large gap for a career which involves breeding domesticated animals. However, depending on the type of animal you are in charge of breeding and the experience you have with breeding, you can qualify for a higher salary and a better compensation package. That is not a bad combination for a career which seems like it could easily be a side job for people who do not understand the intricacies of animal breeding.
Other careers, such as Agricultural Equipment Operator, does not have as high of a salary outlook as do animal breeders, but can still manage to earn up to $32,000 with years of experience. Agricultural Equipment Operators are basically involved with the same job description as are other agricultural workers, which is why many employees in the field combine their careers to make higher salaries and accomplish the same tasks within a day. Other Agricultural Workers are in charge of overseeing the growth of crops and ensuring that everything on the field is done in the appropriate manner during harvesting seasons.
Agricultural Inspectors are one of the better paying jobs within the agricultural community because they are in charge of inspecting government regulations on farms and ensuring that they are being followed rigorously. Since these jobs are more concerned with public health and safety, their salaries can range from $24,000 to $56,000, quite a wide range when compared to other careers in the agricultural industry.
While many of these careers have wide gaps, the best way to pick a future career is to rely more on your experience and what you enjoy doing, rather than the salary equivalent. Regardless of the money you make, you will make a life for yourself in your own industry. Additionally, agriculture has become so engrained in our lives that many employees in the industry can hold another job to earn a higher salary in the end.