Farming and growing offers a wealth of exciting careers.

Careers in farming and growing

Careers in farming and growing

The UK agriculture and horticulture sector faces an exciting, yet challenging future. Its goal is to produce safe and nutritious food that meets the needs of a growing population.
Farming and growing offers a wealth of exciting careers.
A wide range of careers are available in farming and growing, and working in the industry can be hugely rewarding. It also needs to be sustainable by using modern technology and practices to help the environment. As well as producing crops or rearing animals, jobs also include those that specialise in engineering, technology, science, research, and business. 
In fact, careers in agriculture and horticulture don’t just stop at the farm gate!

They cover the entire food chain from production to processing, marketing, and retail. 

A varied industry

Whether you’re starting out in your career, wanting to progress to the next level, or looking for a change, there’s something to suit everyone. And you don’t need to be from a farming background either.

These pages will become a central hub of information to support you, whether you’re a career seeker or a career professional. We’ll help to tackle common misconceptions and give you an insight into an exciting industry that works alongside nature while being led by science and technology.  

Showcasing farming and growing careers

With many schools and colleges now recommending students take on virtual, rather than on-site, work experience placements, we've worked with SpringPod to ensure farming and growing careers are better represented online.

Developed in collaboration with our Industry Careers Action Plan Group, our Virtual Work Experience (VWEX) programme gives careers seekers a real insight into the incredible work farmers and growers do in producing food while managing the environment in a sustainable way.

Find the right support for the first steps in an exciting career in farming or growing.

Careers Advice Hub

There are loads of competitions, bursaries and organisations out there to help careers seekers get started in farming and growing, regardless of their backgrounds.

Our Careers Advice Hub can help you find the right support to help careers seekers get their first start in this exciting industry.
Find the right support for the first steps in an exciting career in farming or growing.
Learn more

Find out how farmers and growers across England are producing quality food to keep the nation fed while also working hard to manage the natural environment. 

Our toolkit is packed with the resources you need to apply for a new job, whether you're hoping to get your first job in farming and growing, or looking to take the next step in your career.

Technology is revolutionising agriculture and horticulture: Farm roles are changing and new opportunities are being created. Find out more about the exciting job roles in the industry. 

Find out more about what we're doing to remove barriers to work experience in our industry.

Take a look at the range of free resources and guidance available to help people choose careers in the UK.

Find out more on how farmers and growers are working to protect the wildlife and the environment.

Diverse range of exciting roles

We recently worked with Careermap to emphasise the range of engaging and progressive careers available in the industry. 

Our eight-page spread - which you can read here - was included in Careermap’s Parents and Guardians online careers guidance magazine.

This industry spotlight explains why the modern agriculture and horticulture industry is right for today’s forward-thinking and talented youngsters.

To read the full issue and to sign up for future issues, visit the Careermag website.

Working to improve careers information

We are working with partners across the industry to improve the careers information available and help attract more people into farming and growing. Find out more about our careers action plan.
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