WORKFORCE DEVELOPMEnT FOR THE AGRICULTURE AND FOOD INDUSTRY IN PENNSYLVANIA
The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, under Governor Tom Wolf, has
launched a workforce development initiative, part of which is to promote and
expand the state’s agriculture education opportunities, as well as career and
technical education (CTE) programs.
Through this workforce development initiative, the department has
assessed the present employment picture in agriculture and food industries, and
it has developed a forecast for the next 10 years.
Today, there are
almost half a million Pennsylvania jobs tied to these industries. By 2025,
almost 75,000 of these positions will have job openings. Of those anticipated
vacancies, the department has identified the 25 most in-demand occupations,
which span sectors like production agriculture; animal health and veterinary
services; landscaping; food manufacturing, forestry, lumber and wood products;
and conservation and natural resources.
department is pursuing the workforce development initiative to...
- Identify demand-driven career pathways and agriculture and food-related occupations,
substantial resources that already exist in a variety of systems,
gaps in education and training,
on work-based learning including micro-credentials and apprenticeships as
methods to fill those gaps, and
the needs of young people and adults on the way to finding solutions to the
shortage of talent in the near and long-term.
AGRICULTURE AND FOOD INDUSTRY WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT RESOURCES
Jobs Most in Demand (List with Job
Profiles of 25+ Jobs)
Fast Facts on Agriculture and Food Careers in