Agricultural Engineering
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Agricultural Engineering : Job Prospects & Career Options

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Agriculture Engineering is a technologically sophisticated and ever expanding field that offers bright career prospects to agricultural graduates. Agriculture Engineers can built up a career in any country around the world and in a variety of sectors, no matter whether it is private or public. Their major task is to improve farming techniques and agricultural products and for that they combine engineering and biological science principles so that, farming is made easier, efficient and more profitable. 

Some of the specialisation in the field agricultural engineering include :

Water resource management, forestry, mining and rehabilitation, urban and rural development, machine development, product planning, crop storage and processing etc. are some of the work areas of agricultural engineers. Lucrative careers prospects are available for qualified agricultural engineers in fields like :

Central and state government organisation and private firms recruit agricultural engineers as agricultural officers for the development of agriculture in a district. In farm equipment manufacturing industry, they design, develop and manage various types of agricultural related equipments. Planning and construction of warehouses or godowns for the storage of food grains and greenhouses or glass houses for the intensive cultivation of horticultural crops; designing and development of food processing machinery are some of the duties perform by the agricultural engineers in food processing industry.

Those interested in research activities can become an agricultural research scientists by joining in research organisations like Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), Indian Council for Agriculture Research (ICAR) etc. Banks, finance and insurance companies hire agricultural graduates and in these organisations, they can work as field officers, rural development officers and agricultural and probationary officers.

Teaching is another option for those who have a good academic record and they can start as assistant/associate professors in agricultural universities and institutes. One can venture into business by setting up farms, production and marketing of food grains and other farming activities. Agricultural engineers can provide consultancy services to agricultural workers and farming and agro industries. They could also work for irrigation and drainage projects, canal irrigation programmes, land reclamation and soil conservation projects. Agricultural engineers can work with NGO's in rural areas as part of their rural development programme. 


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