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AG Careers

Why Enroll in Ag at CSI?...
     or Careers in the New Agricultural Workforce

The good news is demand outpaces supply of qualified college grads in agriculture.

During the next five years, U.S. colleges and universities are expected to produce insufficient numbers of graduates with food and agricultural expertise to fill important scientific and professional positions.

Good News About AG Careers!

It's a seller's market for job hunters...just be sure it's the right job.

Today is an exciting time to be involved in the agricultural and food sciences industries. "Writing off" agriculture as a loser in the job market because of short term setbacks in production agriculture could be a major mistake for college students mapping their lifetime career. More than 48,000 employment opportunities are projected annually nationwide for new college graduates with expertise in agriculture, natural resources, food sciences, veterinary medicine, and closely allied fields. But, fewer than 44,000 qualified college graduates are anticipated on an annual basis, resulting in a shortage of about 10 percent.

Significant shortages of college graduates are projected in the scientific and business specialties associated with U.S. agriculture. In contrast, there will be more qualified graduates than needed in occupation for farming, ranching, education, and communication.

In the 1940's, statisticians boasted that each American farmer could produce enough food and fiber to clothe 39 people. Today that ratio has changed dramatically, and now one farmer produces food and fiber for 70 individuals. Although there is currently not an increasing demand for graduates in agricultural production, it is anticipated there will be an abundance of career opportunities in allied fields for qualified college graduates with expertise in the food and agricultural sciences.

Jobs that are available with an agriculture degree:

  • Accountant
  • Advertising Specialist
  • Agribusiness Manager
  • Agricultural Economist
  • Agricultural Financier
  • Animal Scientist
  • Appraiser
  • Biochemist
  • Broadcast
  • Career Counselor
  • College Faculty Member
  • Commodity Broker
  • Community Development
  • Specialist
  • Computer Systems Analyst
  • Cooperative Extension Agent
  • Credit Analyst
  • Customer Service Rep.
  • Dietitian
  • Econogist
  • Editor
  • Entomologist
  • Farmer
  • Feedlot Manager
  • Financial Analyst
  • Financial Marketing
  • Fish Farmer
  • Food Broker
  • Food Engineer
  • Food Scientist
  • Food Service Manager
  • Foods Quality Control
  • Specialist
  • Forest Engineer
  • Forest Manager
  • Forest Scientist
  • Fruit & Vegetable Grower
  • Game Rancher
  • Geneticist
  • Grain Merchandiser
  • Illustrator
  • Information Systems Analyst
  • Insurance Agent
  • Insurance Marketing
  • Labor Relations Specialist
  • Landscape Architect
  • Livestock Buyer
  • Market Analyst
  • Marketing Manager
  • Mechanized Agriculturist
  • Microbiologist
  • Naturalist
  • Nursery Products Grower
  • Nutrition Counselor
  • Nutritionist
  • Parks and Recreation
  • Specialist
  • Physiologist
  • Plant Protectionist
  • Plant Scientist
  • Professional Farm Manager
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Rancher
  • Rangeland Scientist
  • Regulatory Agent
  • Reporter
  • Restaurant & Fast Food
  • Consultant
  • Safety Engineer
  • Sales Representative
  • Soil Scientist
  • Timber Service Rep.
  • Toxicologist
  • Tree Farmer
  • Turf Producer
  • Veterinarian
  • Vocational Ag Teacher
  • Water Engineer
  • Wholesale Manager
  • World Trade Broker
  • Youth Program Director