Salary and Labor Market 

Labor Market Information

Entry Level  Annual Wage  2015
Median Annual Wage 2015
Projected Growth Rate    2012-22
Projected Regional Job Opening 2012-22
Agricultural Equipment Operators $30,451
$45,760
7% 70
​Farmworkers & Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse ​$20,800
$27,102
-19%
170
​Agricultural & Food Science Technicians ​$34,528
​$44,158
9% ​60
Purchasing Agents & Buyers, Farm Products

-5%
​Soil & Plant Scientists ​$52,686
​$80,683
​6% ​10
​Life, Physical and Social Science Technicians, All Other
​0% ​10
​Conservation Scientists*

0% ​10
​Farmworkers, Farm and Ranch Animals
​NA
​​NA

 Source: DEED Labor Market Information Office, www.mn.gov/deed/data/
* Economic development area information unavaiable. State data presented
 
Ridgewater College Placement Statistics 
Number of Total Graduates / Related Placement Rate

​2016
​20152014 20​13
Agri-Business / Agronomy / Dairy Management / GIS-GPS Technology for Agriculture ​60/100%
75/100%​69/100% 75/100%
​Farm Operation & Management10/100%
​40/100%44/100%​40/100%​​
 Source: Ridgewater College Career Services  
  
Ridgewater College Related Job Postings
Number of Job Postings

2016 2015
2014
Agriculture 156
254
328
Science - Agricultural Science
26
29
Veterinary - Animal Care 220
131
141
Source: Ridgewater College Career Services 
           
Past Job Postings on Ridgewater's Career Services Jobs Website for Ridgewater Graduates

​Business Name
​Position(s)
​Location
​Advance Services Inc.
​Crew Supervisors
​Olivia, MN
​Ahrndt Farms
​Hired Help
Benson, MN
​Arnold's of Willmar
​Precision Farming Specialist
​Kimball, MN
​Ahrndt Farms
​Fall Farm Work
​Benson, MN
Ag Plus Farm & Ranch Supply Sales and Service Aberdeen, South Dakota
AgForte (Willmar Poultry Company) Hatchery Supervisor Willmar, Minnesota
B & R Dairy Equipment Sales / Route Driver Albany, Minnesota
​Big Valley Milling, Inc.
​Pellet Mill Operator
​Montevideo, MN
Cargill, Inc.
Production Worker Maynard, Minnesota
Central Valley Co-op Precision Ag Applicator; Agronomy Office Owatonna, Minnesota
CHS Prairie Lakes Co-op Intern - Agronomy Operations Starbuck, Minnesota
Country Pride Cooperative Grain Originator; Sales Agronomist Winner, South Dakota
Covance, Inc. Study Technicians Animal Operations Madison, Wisconsin
Crop Production Services Internship Positions Sauk Center, Minnesota
Dammann Seed Sales Seed Assistant / Farm Laborer Plato, Minnesota
Da Kam Seed & Fertilizer, LLC Sales, Applicator, Maintenance Edgerton, Minnesota
Dow AgroSciences Research & Development Intern Olivia, Minnesota
DuPont Pioneer Sales Associates; Temporary Research Worker Willmar, Minnesota
Ellingson Companies
Ag Drainage Surveyor West Concord, MN
Enchanted Dairy Dry-cow Herdsman Little Falls, Minnesota
FCA Co-op Custom Applicators Jackson, Minnesota
​F & S Ag LLC
​Agronomy Operations
​Atwater, MN
​F & S Ag LLC
​Truck Driver
​Atwater, MN
​F & S Ag LLC
​Agronomy Manager
​Atwater, MN
Gavilon
Liquid Protection Operator Shakopee, Minnesota
Hall-lar Registered Holsteins Dairy Farm Help Pennock, Minnesota
Hanson Silo Company Territory Sales Manager Lake Lillian, MN
​Hefty Seed Company
​Agronomy Intern
​Baltic, SD
Hultgren Farms Commodity Specialist Raymond, Minnesota
Johnson Fertilizer Service Custom Applicator Clontarf, Minnesota
Klein Bank Ag Banking Specialist Montevideo, MN
​Life Science Innovations
​Mechanic
​Willmar, MN
McLeod County
GIS Specialist
Hutchinson, MN
​Miller Sellner
​Ag Equipment Sales Rep
​Sleepy Eye, MN
Minnesota State Fair Coliseum & Livestock Events Specialist St. Paul, Minnesota
Olson Agronomics Equipment Operator & Laborer Cologne, Minnesota
​Northern Country Coop
​Agronomy Sales Associate
​Staceyville, IA
​Roberts Farms
​Farm Manager Trainee
​Madelia, MN
​Schwanke Tractor
​General Mechanic
​Willmar, MN
 Source: Ridgewater College Career Services   
 




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