4 Career Paths to take with an Agriculture Degree

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Posted by Karyn Moyer
Agriculture Degree

Between 2015 and 2020, the United States Department of Agriculture estimates the U.S. economy will generate approximately 57,900 job opportunities a year for individuals with a degree in agriculture, food, environmental and renewal energy. This number is up from 54,400 from the previous 5-year span. However, only about 35,000 students will graduate annually with degrees in agriculture, so there is a strong demand for graduates in agribusiness, agricultural science and food science. Over the past few years, agricultural graduates have enjoyed continued increases in salary with most graduates having a variety of choices on where to begin their career.

There are a wide range of jobs for agricultural graduates in the industry, spanning across dozens of fields. Find your ideal career path within these agricultural jobs, perfect for agricultural graduates.

Management and Business

It’s not surprising that nearly half of the openings will be in management and business. Agencies that lend to agribusinesses, such as banks and credit organizations, need appraisers, loan officers and analysts that understand the industry. Insurance companies that work with farming operations need risk managers, and agriculture companies need accountants, sales reps, marketing managers, and more.

  • Sales and Service Representative
  • Forest Products Manager
  • Farm Labor Specialist
  • Forest Ecosystem Manager
  • E-commerce Specialist
  • Financial Analyst
  • Agricultural economist
  • Agricultural Loan Officer
  • Marketing Specialist
  • Grain Merchandiser

Science and Engineering

About 15,500 jobs will open annually in this sector. With food technology being the nation’s largest industry, food scientists are necessary to help solve problems involving food quality, safety, technology and abundance.

  • Food Scientist
  • Veterinarian
  • Biological Engineer
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Insect Biologist
  • Plant Scientist
  • Watershed Scientist
  • Irrigation Engineer
  • Animal Scientist
  • Agronomist

Food and Biomaterials Production

About 8,500 jobs will open annually in this area. Job opportunities in fresh, locally grown food production, poultry and swine production, crop production, forest management, and precision agriculture are growing. These agribusinesses need researchers, inspectors, quality assurance, and more.

  • Farmer/Rancher
  • Poultry Production Manager
  • Range Manager
  • Precision Agricultural Specialist
  • Fruit and Vegetable Grower
  • Forrest Manager
  • Crop management consultant
  • Organic Crops Grower
  • Swine Production Manager
  • Aquaculturist

Education, Communication, and Governmental Services

Educating our youth about agriculture is an extremely important because he ensures the continued interest and development of the industry. Communication jobs are essential to provide critical information to producers and consumers of the industry. Government agricultural agencies maintain the industry policies and legislation to ensure they remain effective and up to date. About 7,200 jobs will be open annually in this segment.

  • High School Agriscience Teacher
  • Technical Writer
  • Rural Development Specialist
  • Social Media Specialist
  • Plant and Animal Inspector
  • Outdoor Recreation Manager
  • Agricultural Extension Educator
  • Environmental Science Teacher
  • Farm Services Agent
  • Food and Agricultural Science Editor
  • Natural Resources Conservation Specialist
  • Event and Meeting Planner

We need to feed and clothe over 7 billion people in the world, and that number is growing every day, so agriculture plays an important role. It doesn’t matter what your interest are, you can find a place in the agriculture industry and every position plays an important role in taking care of each other.

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Karyn Moyer

Karyn Moyer

Karyn Moyer is the Client Success & Marketing Manager at AgHires. Karyn enjoys learning and discovering new ways to help job seekers and clients to reach their goals. AgHires helps agricultural and food production companies find the employees they need to run a successful business.