Agrologists may work for government departments, applied research associations or manufacturers and suppliers of agriculture production inputs. These could include fertilizers, pesticides, feedstuffs, seeds, and livestock. They may also work for:
- Farm business advisory services
- Financial institutions
- Agri-food companies
- Agricultural producers
- Conservation authorities
- Educational organizations
- Consulting firms
- Appraisal firms
- Oil and gas companies
- Land reclamation companies
- Environmental companies
Self-employed agrologists work on a contract basis.
New graduates may have to do seasonal work to gain experience. With experience, agrologists may advance to supervisory and management roles. A graduate degree is required for some managerial positions. With a doctoral degree, agrologists may direct and administer research programs or teach at the university level.
Agrologists are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 2123: Agricultural Representatives, Consultants and Specialists. In Alberta, 80% of people employed in this classification work in the following industries:
The employment outlook [pdf] in this occupation is influenced by a wide variety of factors including:
- Trends and events affecting overall employment, especially in the industries listed above
- Location in Alberta
- Employment turnover (when people leave existing positions)
- Occupational growth (when new positions are created)
- Size of the occupation
Employment turnover is expected to increase as members of the baby boom generation retire over the next few years.
In Alberta, the 2123: Agricultural representatives, consultants and specialists occupational group is expected to have a below-average annual growth of 1.1% from 2019 to 2023. In addition to job openings created by employment turnover, 20 new positions are forecasted to be created within this occupational group each year.