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Agricultural Science: What Can I Do With This Degree?

Education

  • Teaching
  • Research
  • Administration
  • Student affairs

Employers

  • Secondary schools
  • Colleges and universities
  • Vocational and technical schools

Information & Strategies

  • Obtain teacher certification for public school positions.
  • Plan to earn a master's degree to work in college student affairs or university administration. Earn a PhD to obtain employment as a professor.
  • Develop excellent writing and speaking skills.
  • Learn to work well with all types of people.
  • Develop strong interpersonal skills.
  • Seek leadership positions in campus organizations related to agricultural science, natural resources, or agricultural education.
  • Gain practical experience in the area of agriculture.
  • Work with youth through volunteering or summer jobs with camps, 4-H programs, scouts, YMCA's, and other nonprofit organizations.

Extension

  • Agricultural education
  • Family and consumer sciences education
  • Youth development education

Employers

  • Cooperative extension system (national)
  • Extension services within states

Information & Strategies

  • Gain experience in working with children and adults of varying ages.
  • Participate as a volunteer or member of organizations such as 4-H or FFA and seek leadership roles.
  • Develop strong communication skills, particularly public speaking and group presentation skills.
  • Take courses in economics and community development.
  • Develop computer skills.
  • Earn a master's degree to qualify for more positions.
  • Be willing to live in rural communities and to travel within the country. Be prepared to work some evenings and weekends.

Agricultural Science

  • Informal education
  • Sales
  • Management
  • Agricultural communication: journalism, public relations, electronic media, technical writing

Employers

  • Local, state, and federal government including Forestry Service, USDA, national and state parks and reserves
  • Professional associations
  • Agribusiness firms
  • Financial institutions
  • Camps
  • Scouting organizations, e.g. Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts
  • Nature centers
  • Foundations, museums, nature centers, zoos
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Wildlife organizations
  • Agricultural magazines and websites
  • Newspapers and other publications
  • Farm radio and television stations
  • Advertising and public relations firms

Information & Strategies

  • Gain relevant experience through internships, summer jobs, or volunteer positions.
  • Earn a minor or take additional courses in area of interest such as communication, English, or business.
  • Develop strong communication skills, both written and oral.
  • Learn to work well with various computer programs including desktop publishing.
  • Participate in related student organizations and seek leadership positions.
  • Work on the student newspaper to gain experience for agricultural communication positions.
  • Develop physical stamina, resourcefulness, and outdoor skills for some informal education positions.
  • Be willing to relocate.

General Information

  • Agricultural Science provides a broad background for working in the agricultural and natural resources industry.
  • For entry-level positions, a bachelor’s degree is sufficient. A master’s or doctoral degree is often necessary for advancement. Some federal and private agency work, consulting positions, and especially research positions require a graduate degree.
  • Teacher certification is required for public school teaching and varies by state.
  • Obtain volunteer, part-time, summer, internship, or co-op experience in field of study.
  • Develop excellent computer skills.
  • Join a student club or student professional association to network and cultivate related academic interests.
  • Conduct informational interviews or shadow professionals who have jobs that interest you.
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