Agricultural engineers held about 2,700 jobs in 2010.
As shown below, 17 percent of agricultural engineers worked in the federal government in 2010:
|Architectural, engineering, and related services||17%|
|Federal government, excluding postal service||17%|
|Agriculture, construction, and mining machinery manufacturing||12%|
|Educational services; state, local, and private||7%|
Agricultural engineers spend time at a variety of worksites, both indoors and out, traveling to agricultural settings to see that equipment and machinery are functioning according to both the manufacturers’ instructions and federal and state regulations. They may work onsite when they supervise environmental reclamation or water resource management projects.
Other worksites where they are employed include research and development laboratories, classrooms, and offices.
Agricultural engineers typically work full time. And because of the nature of agricultural projects, they must sometimes work overtime.
In addition, the supervisory duties of agricultural engineers mean that they often must be present for problems that may come up in manufacturing operations or rural construction projects.
Weather also has a role in their work schedule. Some outdoor projects for environmental reclamation or pollution management need favorable weather; and, therefore, agricultural engineers may work long hours to take advantage of good weather.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition