Career Choices for an Agricultural Graduate


There are a plethora of opportunities waiting for you if you are an agricultural graduate or a postgraduate. You can choose to work in either the government or corporate sector or start a venture of your own. Let us touch upon the varied career options one by one that each of these sectors has to offer.

Public Sector Career Choices for Agriculture Graduate

In most of the agri-related government jobs, you should be either B.Sc. or M.Sc. in Agriculture, Horticulture, Forestry, Food tech and others. The government jobs give you a basic salary of 5 LPA to 10 LPA apart from other allowances. Here are the top 7 lucrative public sector opportunities that you should always have your eyes on.

1.Banking (IBPS)IBPS – Agriculture Field Officer (AFO), SBI – SO, RRB – AFO
2. NABARDNABARD Grade A and Grade B, NABARD Development Assistant 
3. CooperativesIFFCO, NSC (National Seed Corporation), FCI (Food Corporation of India)
4. State Government / PCSAssistant Agriculture Officer (Level 2 and Level 3) Assistant Horticulture Officer (Level 2 and Level 3) Agriculture Extension Officer Livestock Extension/Development Officer District Horticulture Officer (PCS) District Agriculture Officer (PCS)
5. SSCSectional Officer (Horticulture/Floriculture)
6. SAUsAssistant Professors, Scientist, SMS, SRF, Research Associate
7.OthersAIC, State Seed Development Corporation, FSSAI, NAFED, DRDO, DDA – Sectional Officer

Private Jobs for Agricultural Graduates

The corporates offer a very competitive working environment where you are constantly learning new things. The educational qualifications are mostly B.Sc. and/ or M.Sc. in either Agriculture or Horticulture. The private sector offers a CTC is in the range of INR 3 to 8 LPA. You may like to work in either of the following.

  1. Seed companies
  2. Fertilizers/ pesticides companies
  3. Agri engineering companies
  4. Agri startups
  5. Online learning platforms

Agricultural Graduates and Entrepreneurship

If there’s any sector that requires disruption then it is agriculture. Agriculture and the allied industries touch upon millions of lives in India. Depending on how promising and the stage your start-up is in you can earn from 3LPA to 15LPA. If you want to connect at the grassroots level and do things differently, agriculture gives you the chance to prove your mettle.  You can establish:

  1. A Seed Company
  2. An Agri start-up
  3. An Online teaching
  4. An Offline coaching 
  5. A Mushroom culture
  6. A Medicinal and Aromatic Plants culture
  7. A Hydroponics and Soilless culture
  8. An Orchards venture and Floriculture

So what’s holding you back from exploring these great career prospects? If you are still unclear then you may also like to read these.

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