The spring version of Ag Career Day will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 2 at the Memorial Union on the Iowa State University campus at Ames. The job fair is open to Iowa State students, alumni and the general public.
Mike Gaul, director of career services for the ISU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, expects 80 to 85 companies and organizations to recruit at the annual event. It began three years ago to supplement the fall job fair, which has been held for decades and is considered the largest of its type in the nation.
"Our students are held in high regard by employers. And more importantly, this is a great time to be in the agriculture and life sciences sectors," Gaul adds.
The USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture and Purdue University released a report (www.ag.purdue.edu/usda/employment/pages/default.aspx) last year projecting that 5% more college graduates in agriculture and related academic fields will be needed between 2010 and 2015 compared to the jobs available from 2005 to 2010. A list of employers that have scheduled to recruit at Ag Career Day is on the career services web site www.career.ag.iastate.edu/agcareerday/career.php.