Submitted to: Meeting Abstract
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 1/2/2014
Publication Date: N/A
Technical Abstract: The Agricultural Research Service is the principal scientific research agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. This agency employs more than 7,600 people working at various locations in the United States and U.S. territories. Careers for new scientists span a variety of disciplines such as chemistry, entomology, plant physiology, plant pathology, animal science, human nutrition, genetics, microbiology, engineering, soil science, and agronomy. This seminar will describe employment opportunities for undergraduate students and college graduates with the USDA-Agricultural Research Service. In particular, this seminar on career opportunities in ARS will describe the mission of ARS in conducting research to develop and transfer solutions to agricultural problems of high national priority, such as the development of high-quality, safe food and other agricultural products. A description of the following topics will be described: how can an individual learn about job openings in ARS, how to apply for a position, what are the starting salaries, what are the opportunities for professional development, how does ARS reward excellence in job performance, and how are research positions evaluated. Finally, the seminar will highlight the importance of the research conducted at ARS by providing new approaches and new technologies needed by consumers, producers and industry.