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The United States Department of Agriculture, (USDA) was founded in 1862 to provide support to agriculture department officials and employees at all levels. USDA helps America's farmers in business and ensure that the nation's commercial supply of farmers’ products is safe and properly labelled. Atop, the department also ensure the health and care of animals, plants, and land through proper management, thereby enhancing the economy as well as quality of life in rural America. USDA vision is to provide economic opportunity through innovation and promotion of agriculture production, and to preserve Country’s natural resources through conservation, restored forests, and improved watersheds. The company that ranked in the Top 10 Best Places to Work todays offers a range of career opportunities and provides employment through its work on food, agriculture, economic development, science, natural resources, and conservation. USDA consists of 29 agencies and offices in 4500 locations across the nation with over 100,000 employees.

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What departments USDA employees work at?
DepartmentsRatio
other occupation30.9%
Scientists19.4%
Computer / IT14.2%
Administrative - Other8.4%
Accounting / Finance7.5%
Management Analysts5.8%
Management - Other5.3%
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Professional experience

How many years of experience do USDA employees have before joining?
Years of experience at USDA: Newcomers: 26%, Experiencers: 18%, Experts: 21%, Veterans: 35%. USDA employees have 8+ years experience on average before joining.
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Where did USDA employees work before joining?
Where they've worked before USDA: GSA, Peace Corps, United States Air Force. Typical USDA employees have worked at GSA.
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Peace Corps
United States Air Force
What industries did USDA employees work in previously?
Industry Background: The most typical industries of USDA: Colleges / Universities, Public Administration, Executive Offices Companies, National Security, Niche Education. USDA employees most likely come from a Colleges / Universities industry background.
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Where did USDA employees work before joining?
Past employers' size at USDA: Small: 27%, Medium: 12%, Large: 61%. Most USDA employees have previously worked at large companies.
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Educational background

What did employees at USDA study?
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Where did employees at USDA study?
Colorado State University-Fort Collins
Iowa State University
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Employee data

How long do people stay in a role at USDA?
Time employed at USDA: <1: 4%, 1-3: 17%, 4-8: 28%, 9-13: 18%, 14-20: 14%, 20+: 19%. Most USDA employees stay with the company for 4-8 years which is the same as the industry average.
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How does USDA rank for age & gender diversity?
Gender ratio at USDA: 58.8% Male and 41.2% Female. Age ratio at USDA: 16-20: 0%, 21-30: 27%, 31-40: 32%, 41-50: 18%, 51-60: 16%, 60+: 7%. USDA rates - 8.8% less female than the industry average. Most USDA employees are 31-40, which is on par with the industry median age range.
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Career advancement

How does USDA rank for career advancement?
Career advancement at USDA: low. USDA ranks low for career advancement which is above the industry average.
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What companies do USDA employees go on to work at?
Future employers of USDA: FDA, US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Research Service (ARS), US Department of Veterans Affairs, US Forest Service, USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). People who work at USDA most typically go on to work for the FDA.
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US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Research Service (ARS)
US Department of Veterans Affairs
US Forest Service
USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)

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Animal Care Technician
Minneapolis, MN - March 1, 2022
Worked in the NAHERC emergency response program
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Work-Life balance
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Recognition & Support
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Culture and Values
It was very well set up and well managed. Myself and a large group were called in to respond to the avian influenza outbreak. There was good training and networking and it was planned out well to be able to let you work the project for its duration. Always felt well supported and learned a lot from the experience.

Pros and Cons
Travel to different areas
Would have to have family support at home if you had dependents
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Chemistry Lab Assistant
Albany, CA - May 15, 2021
Very Productive
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Salary & Benefits
4
Work-Life balance
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Recognition & Support
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Culture and Values
It's a lovely well-banced Job.Responsible for the receipt, identification, preparation, distribution, and storage of all types of monitoring, surveillance, special agent and compliance investigative samples. Ensures the proper handling and storage of incoming/reserve samples and assures that the legal integrity of those samples. Assures the correct target tissues are distributed to the appropriate laboratory sections and maintains control of samples designated for multiple disciplines. Maintains sufficient inventory and distributes all shipping supplies, sampling kits for FSIS sampling programs and special programs, upon request

Pros and Cons
Very freindly Opened mind on both Conservative and liberal. no hate.
its a never ending job
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Statistician
Orlando, FL - March 17, 2021
A Great Beginning
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5
Professional growth
5
Salary & Benefits
4
Work-Life balance
5
Recognition & Support
5
Culture and Values
I truly enjoyed my job but found it too difficult to be a mother and keep this job. My children are grown and independent now. I am a better person than I ever was. Now, I just need a company to give me a chance. I can learn.

Pros and Cons
Good work was rewarded.
It was, at that time, too hard to juggle home and work.
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gender breakdown at USDA?
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Liam Brown3 years ago
gender ratio is 41.2% female, 58.8% male.
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What year was USDA founded?
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Benjamin Gardner3 years ago
1862.
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What industry does USDA operate in?
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Isabella Holmes3 years ago
in Government/Civil Service/Military i believe
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What companies are similar to USDA?
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Isabella Holmes3 years ago
these are similar: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Environmental Protection Agency, FDA, US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Research Service (ARS), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), US Department of Homeland Security, US Department of Veterans Affairs, US Forest Service
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What’s the average length of tenure at USDA?
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Benjamin Gardner3 years ago
Typically 4-8 year(s).
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what kind of companies did USDA employees work for?
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Liam Brown3 years ago
Large companies before USDA.
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are my chances high for career advancement at USDA?
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Benjamin Gardner3 years ago
no, chances of career advancement are low.
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Top future employers of USDA employees?
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Isabella Holmes3 years ago
FDA, Self Employed, USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), USDA Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS), USDA Rural Developement, US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Research Service (ARS), US Department of Veterans Affairs, US Forest Service.
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Where did employees work before joining USDA?
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Liam Brown3 years ago
GSA, Peace Corps, United States Air Force, US Army, USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Research Service (ARS), US Department of Veterans Affairs, US Forest Service.
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How old are USDA’s employees in general?
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Sophie Hayes3 years ago
31-40.
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Where did most of USDA employees go to school?
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Sophie Hayes3 years ago
Colorado State University-Fort Collins, Iowa State University, Texas A&M University-Texarkana, University of Maryland-College Park, University of Maryland-University College.
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