Careers and Employment

Swine management continues to grow and thrive in the counties of Western Illinois and then Midwest.  Educated and well-trained swine specialists are the key to this critical enterprise of many diversified farming operations.  Both large and small operations are looking for qualified personnel to assist them in implementing new technologies, as they strive to produce the best product in a very competitive global market.

  • Entry-level opportunities for swine production technicians and herdsmen are extensive in swine production facilities industry wide at a general range from $30,000 to $45,000 with plenty of opportunity for advancement.
  • Salaries may range from $32,000 to $45,000 for a herdsperson and from $40,000 to $45,000 for swine managers based on education and experience.
  • Some career options include food safety, animal genetics, animal health services, as well as livestock product sales, commodity marketing, and livestock feed supply services.
  • JWCC graduates and interns are placed at companies such as Maschhoffs, Pike Pig Systems, Cargill, Professional Swine Management in Carthage and ADM.