Agricultural Engineering is becoming very popular career option now a days. In last few years, career opportunities have increase rapidly in this field. It is quite interesting, challenging and rewarding career option with wide scopes in different fields. Private firms are investing a lot in plantation and medicines which is increasing the requirement of skilled agricultural engineers. Government is also recruiting the agricultural engineers to develop the better equipment or machinery to improve the farming techniques. In comparison of other engineering program it has broader scope and better opportunities.
Students seeking career in agricultural engineering required SSC in science, preferably in biology. To qualify the eligibility criteria one should carry a bachelor degree in Agricultural Engineering or diploma in Agricultural engineering. Bachelor degree is a four year program while diploma is two to three year program. Aspirants need to go through the joint entrance exams to get selected in the programs like: JEE for IIT’s and State level exams, national level exams for different institutions, AMIE or Competitive exams conducted by private colleges. Courses available in this field are:
- B.E / B. Tech in Bioinformatics
- B. Sc with any one branch of engineering
- Diploma in Agricultural Engineering
- M. Tech in Bioinformatics
- M. Sc. In Agricultural Sciences
Agricultural engineer must have a hold on identifying the problem and solve it with creative approach, ability by analyzing the data and quick decision making. One should have sound technical knowledge and good communication skills. This field is all about environmental issues, so interest in environmental issues and knowledge of latest trends or new development in technology and production methods is must.
There are plenty of job options available with various firms or companies. Many agricultural firms and government agencies are seeking candidates after completing Agricultural Engineering. The requirement of agro- Products and Agricultural Equipments have increased the demand of agricultural engineers. It is worldwide broad field having variety of sector in it, with high job opportunities. One can choose from various options like: equipment design, food processing, bio-renewable products, agricultural products etc. and get specialization in it. Lucrative opportunities are available in various domains are:
- Agrochemical companies
- Educational institutes
- Forestry companies
- Food processing and Retail Industries
- Research Organization
Salary packages of these jobs are good. It varies upon companies, sector, place and specialization. In government sector fresher gets Rs. 10000 to Rs. 20000 on monthly basis, where as in private sector they get Rs. 25000 to Rs. 35000 on monthly basis. It increases on the basis of experience and seniority up to Rs 60000 to Rs. 80000 or even more. For experienced one there is no limitation of earning high package.
A lot of related companies are investing huge funds in various research and development initiative to support the industry. Due to the use of technology, medical advancement, and severe scientific development, people from various educational streams are getting employed with very good job profile with reputed firms.