Tomorrow most of us will be celebrating Thanksgiving, and enjoying the traditional meal – a turkey dinner. Did you know that Minnesota is the top turkey producing and processing state in the U.S? Two-hundred and fifty family farmers raise approximately 47 million turkeys annually, according to the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association . The poultry industry is ranked in the top 10 for egg production and top 20 for chicken production nationwide.
Living in a state with such an important poultry industry, career explorers and job seekers might want to consider working in this field.
Here are some facts about the industry: Minnesota’s poultry industry supports 26,000 jobs and poultry contributes $1 billion in economic activity to the state.
Minnesota is home to some of the top poultry companies in the world:
Businesses in the animal agriculture sector, which includes the poultry industry, employ workers in a wide variety of occupations. They include occupations related to the raising and caring of animals and developing more efficient ways of producing and processing meat, poultry, eggs and dairy products. Workers study genetics, nutrition, reproduction, growth and care of domesticated farm animals. The field includes workers who provide medical service to farm and nonfarm animals.
Interested in learning more? Check out a career pathway in animal systems to see how more education and training might help you pursue a career in the field.
If you need additional assistance in exploring a career in animal agriculture, consider visiting a Minnesota WorkForce Center , which offers career and job search help. View additional career planning resources here.