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Agricultural Scientists

Outlook

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, employment for agricultural scientists is expected to grow 6 percent from 2022 to 2032, faster than the average for all careers. Biotechnology, genetics, nanotechnology, and sustainable agriculture hold the best opportunities for agricultural scientists. New developments, such as corn processing methods for medicines, will alter the marketplace. Scientists will also be actively involved in improving both the environmental impact of farming and crop yields as they focus on decontaminating soil, protecting groundwater, crop rotation, and other conservation efforts. Scientists will also have the challenge of promoting these new methods to farmers. Employment growth is expected to be strongest in the private sector.

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