Food Inputs and Services Career Pathway MapsDOWNLOAD
June 24, 2021 - Author: Judith Barry, Jeannine La Prad, Megan Elyse Williams, and Mary Freeman
The food inputs and services pathway encompasses occupations that support services or resources used as inputs in the food system. This includes administrative support roles as well as veterinary care. Farmworkers also appear in the food inputs industry, as they can span the production and input industry classifications (though they represent a smaller proportion of the input industry compared to food production). In this category, a worker classified to the farmworker occupational group may perform support activities such as field preparation or pesticide spraying as a contractor to a farm or production operation. This contrasts to a farmworker employed directly by a farm who may perform other farming roles (in addition to “support activities”). Most jobs in Michigan in this subsector are in veterinary services. It should be noted, however, that not all jobs in veterinary services are tied to the food system.
Career pathways for food inputs and services
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The maps below indicate the top occupations in this field as well as wages, opportunities for advancement, typical time to advance, education required, and on-the-job training.
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The authors wish to acknowledge and express appreciation to all the stakeholders and employers who contributed their time and knowledge to this research.
The authors thank Andrea Weiss of MSU Center for Regional Food Systems (CRFS) for guidance and formatting, Lindsay Mensch of CRFS for proofing and web publishing, Rachel Kelly of CRFS for editing, and Charli Holloway of Charli ReNae Design for the design of the career pathway maps.
This work was made possible through funding from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and MSU Extension.
Barry, J., La Prad, J., Williams, M., & Freeman, M. (2021). Food inputs and services career pathway maps. Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems. https://foodsystems.msu.edu/resources/food-inputs-and-services-career-pathway-maps
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