Careers in Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources
During the next five years, U.S. college graduates will find good employment opportunities if they have expertise in food, agriculture, renewable natural resources, or the environment. Between 2015 and 2020, we expect to see 57,900 average annual openings for graduates with bachelor’s or higher degrees in those areas.
According to USDA projections, almost half of the opportunities will be in management and business. Another 27% will be in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Jobs in sustainable food and biomaterials production will make up 15%, while 12% of the openings will be in education, communication, and governmental services.
Current trends show a national shortage of college graduates in agricultural sciences, and the USDA predicts an overall growth in agricultural and natural resource occupations. The following is a general list of career opportunities for graduates of agricultural sciences: scientists, financial and marketing specialists, technical service representative, social services professionals, agricultural and natural resource production specialists. This degree provides those who are interested in working in the livestock or plant industry the foundation they’ll need to be successful in research, food/plant animal production and marketing, extension and demonstration, precision agriculture, consulting veterinarian science or natural resource management.