Agricultural operations, though the biggest economic activity in India employing the largest number of people, is still underdeveloped sector. Mostly unskilled labour with nil training are engaged in agricultural employment, therefore their per capita productivity is very low. Educated, trained and even professionally educated workforce is the need of the day for agricultural economy of India. In developing economies various operations related to agriculture are integrated, and each operation contributes to its optimum for the development of agricultural sector. Activities like farming, harvesting, processing, packaging, transporting, warehousing, merchandising, distribution, value added production and marketing are some of the major operations fall within the economics of agriculture. Apart from these comes activities like agri-financing, national macro crop planning, micro crop planning and agricultural statistics.

Career Scope of Agricultural Graduates

Slowly but steadily, professionalism is making its presence felt in agriculture sector of India. Prospects of agricultural scientists and educated agriculturists are increasing, and a good number of universities are offering courses in B.Sc Agriculture and postgraduate course of M.Sc with various agricultural specializations like horticulture, forestry, marine fisheries, inland fisheries, sericulture, apiculture (bee keeping) aquaculture, tissue culture, plant breeding, plant biotechnology, environment management, irrigation, soil quality management, etc. We list below the prospective jobs and its average salaries in agriculture sector as a suggestive information for B.Sc agriculture graduates.

B.Sc Agriculture Graduate Salary Prospects

Agricultural Position Monthly Salary Range
Assistant Manager-Tea Plantation Rs.22,000 – 38,000
Assistant Manager-Rubber Plantation Rs.25,000 – 42,000
Teak Plantation Manager Rs.28,000 – 60,000
Assistant Manager-Coffee Plantation Rs.20,000 – 34,000
Assistant Manager-Cocoa Plantation Rs.22500 – 40,000
Assistant Manager-Indigo Plantation Rs.21,000 – 40,000
Assistant Manager-Tobacco Cultivation Rs.24,000 – 40,000
Assistant Manager-Cardmum Plantation Rs.24,000 – 40,000
Assistant Manager-Pepper Farm Rs.18,000 – 36,000
Assistant Manager-Jute plantation Rs.26,000 – 35,000
Social Forestry Officer Rs. 22500 – 35,000
Assistant Manager-Commercial Wood Plantation Rs.28,000 – 56,000
Land Geomatics Surveyor Rs.18,000 – 30,000
Soil Quality Officer Rs.21500 – 32,000
Plant Breeder/Grafting Expert Rs.26,000 – 46,000
Budding/Tissue Culture Expert Rs.24400 – 38,000
Seed/Nursery Manager Rs.30,000 – 48,000
Assistant Manager – Horticulture Rs.24,000 – 40,000


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Agriculture/Farm Expert Salaries

Various expert positions associated with agriculture production and business are filled by government organizations, NGOs, international development organizations, conventional medium and largescale farmers, banks and other non banking agriculture finance companies and corporate farm companies.

Expert Position Mothly Salary Range
Loan Officer Rs.35,000 – 100,000
Subject Matter Expert-Agronomy Rs. 75,000 – 160,000
Project Officer-Innovative Agriculture Rs.58,000 – 110,000
Irrigation Specialist Rs.38,000 – 80,000
Crop Science Manager Rs.65,000 – 145,000
Farm Engineering Trainer Rs.50,000 – 105,000
Farm Finance Manger Rs.40,000 – 86,000
Food Technologist Rs.32,000 – 70,000
Researcher – Livestock Rs.48,000 – 82,000
Procurement Manager (Farm produce) Rs.35,000 – 60,000
Agricultural Engineer Rs.28,000 – 55,000
Animal Nutritionist Rs.34,000 – 60,000
Agricultural Educator Rs.26,000 – 48,000
Farm Manager Rs.32,000 – 60,000
Fish Farm Manager Rs.28,000 – 42,000
Fisheries Officer Rs.26500 – 41,000

 Scope of B.Sc in Agriculture

Individuals have fair chances in both the Private and Public sectors. Here is more on the government jobs in the offing:

Government or Public Sector Jobs

  • Financial services like Insurance companies and Banks like AO or PO
  • ARS or Agricultural Research Scientist
  • Agricultural Development Officer or ADO
  • Block Development Officer
  • Teaching jobs at well known government universities
  • Lecturers

Other jobs

  • Animal Husbandry
  • Dairy Consultancies

Education Required
In order to bag a lecturer’s post you have to clear Postgraduate level, NET or SLET Most other government jobs will require you to clear a written examination

Leading colleges offering B.Sc in Agriculture are:

  • Indira Gandhi Krishi Vishwavidyalaya, Raipur
  • Punjab Agriculture University, Ludhiana
  • Jawaharlal Nehru Vishwavidyalaya, Jabalpur
  • Indian Agricultural Research Institute, Pusa, New Delhi
  • Acharya NG Ranga Agricultural University, Hyderabad
  • G.B.PANT College Of Agriculture,Pantnagar
  • *Salaries and benefits are subject to change with time.