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Farming: Career and Education Opportunities in Iowa

Farming: Farm workers keep the corps and animals that feed us growing and healthy. In both industrial and smaller settings, they manage existing farming techniques as well as develop new ones in response to advances in technology and practice.

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Iowa has a population of 3,007,856, which has grown by 2.79% over the past decade. Nicknamed the "Hawkeye State," Iowa's capital and largest city is Des Moines. In 2008, there were a total of 2,025,350 jobs in Iowa. The average annual income was $37,509 in 2008, up from $35,755 in 2007. The unemployment rate in Iowa was 6.0% in 2009, which has grown by 1.6% since the previous year. Roughly 21.2% of Iowa residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in Iowa include machinery manufacturing, agriculture, construction, and mining machinery manufacturing, and grain milling. Notable tourist attractions include the Science Center of Iowa, the Italian, and the Hubbell Historical Center.

CITIES WITH Farming OPPORTUNITIES IN Iowa


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CAREERS WITHIN Farming

Agricultural Equipment Operator

Agricultural Equipment Operators drive and control farm equipment to till soil and to plant, cultivate, and harvest crops. Agricultural Equipment Operators need to track and maintain equipment on an ongoing basis. They also need to install equipment in line with existing requirements.
Animal Breeder

Animal Breeders breed animals, including cattle, or pet birds. Animal Breeders need to pay attention to ongoing situations and monitor them as they develop. They also need to read and understand what has been read.
Farm Labor Contractor

Farm Labor Contractors recruit, hire, and supervise seasonal or temporary agricultural laborers for a fee. Farm Labor Contractors need to read and understand what has been read. They also need to listen well to others and take in their information and issues.
Food Grader

Food Graders grade, sort, or classify unprocessed food and other agricultural products by size, weight, or condition. Food Graders need to listen well to others and take in their information and issues. They also need to speak clearly and communicate with others.
Greenhouse Assistant

Greenhouse Assistants work in nursery facilities or at customer location planting, cultivating, and transplanting trees, shrubs, or plants. Greenhouse Assistants need to track and maintain equipment on an ongoing basis. They also need to respond to the actions of other and coordinate activities with them.