Agricultural engineers are responsible for creating the machines and technology that bring the food from the ground to the grocery store. Involved in everything from machine design, like tractors and conveyer belts, to crop and animal production, agricultural engineers play an integral role in ensuring that we all have food to eat. Some agricultural engineers also work in academia or government agencies, advising on policies that affect the agricultural industry at large.
Even with the technological advancements that have reduced the amount of manpower needed to fuel the industry, agriculture and forestry remain one of the nation’s larger employers. Needless to say, most jobs within the industry require being outdoors for the majority of the day, so a love of nature is an obvious requisite. Within the industry, there is a vast array of jobs and functions—everything from crop harvesting in the field to looking after livestock and customer interaction are all necessary.