Salary and Labor Market 

Labor Market Information

Estimated Regional Employment 2014 Entry Level  Annual  Wage      2014 Median Annual Wage 2014 Projected Growth Rate    2010-20 Projected Regional Job Opening 2010-20
Agricultural Equipment Operators 90 $26,021 $31,138 -1.3% +100
​Farmworkers & Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse 110 ​$16,661 $21,299 ​N/A ​N/A
​Agricultural & Food Science Technicians 50 ​$26,166 ​$39,499 ​+0.0% ​+20
Purchasing Agents & Buyers, Farm Products ​20 ​$39,374 ​$60,570 ​+10.9% ​+20
​Soil & Plant Scientists ​20 ​$26,894 ​$56,098 ​+6.6% ​+20
​Life, Physical and Social Science Technicians, All Other 40 ​$33,592 ​$43,805 ​+11.0% ​+60
​Conservation Scientists 30 ​$52,562 ​$69,826 ​-5.9% ​ND
​Farmworkers, Farm and Ranch Animals ​30 ​$20,862 ​$26,894 ​-9.2% ​​-32
 Source: DEED Labor Market Information Office,
Ridgewater College Placement Statistics 
Number of Total Graduates /
Related Placement Rate

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

2013 2012 2011
Agriculture 173 191 96
Science - Agricultural Science 27 24 8
Veterinary - Animal Care 72 72 32
Source: Ridgewater College Career Services 
Past Job Postings on Ridgewater's Career Services Jobs Website for Ridgewater Graduates
      Business Name                         Position(s)                           Location
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
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, Minnesota
Enchanted Dairy Dry-cow Herdsman Little Falls, Minnesota
FCA Co-op Custom Applicators Jackson, Minnesota
Gavilon Liquid Protection Operator Shakopee, Minnesota
Hall-lar Registered Holsteins Dairy Farm Help Pennock, Minnesota
Hanson Silo Company Territory Sales Manager Lake Lillian, Minnesota
Hultgren Farms Commodity Specialist Raymond, Minnesota
Johnson Fertilizer Service Custom Applicator Clontarf, Minnesota
Klein Bank Ag Banking Specialist Montevideo, Minnesota
McLeod County GIS Specialist Hutchinson, Minnesota
Minnesota State Fair Coliseum & Livestock Events Specialist St. Paul, Minnesota
Olson Agronomics Equipment Operator & Laborer Cologne, Minnesota
 Source: Ridgewater College Career Services   

Ridgewater College is an equal opportunity employer and educator.