Swine Careers

According to the 2020 Iowa Pork Industry Report, hog farming alone contributes $11.9 billion in value-added economic activity for Iowa and nearly one-third of the nation's hogs are raised in Iowa. Iowa is the number one pork producing state in the U.S. and the top state for pork exports. With those numbers, jobs in the swine field are abundant. Below are some of the jobs available in the swine industry:


  • Barn Worker
  • Pork Production Technician
  • Sow Manager
  • Farm Manager
  • Quality Control Inspector


  • Feed Mill Manager
  • Nutritionist


  • Pharmaceutical Lab Technician
  • Veterinarian
  • Animal Research Technician

Education and Communication

  • Extension agent/educator/specialist
  • Pork Checkoff Communications
  • Pork Checkoff Industry Relations

Sales and Marketing:

  • Pharmaceutical Sales
  • Feed Sales
  • Territory Sales Manager


  • Boar Stud Manager
  • Breeding Manager
  • Geneticist
  • A.I. Technician

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