An Agriculture Degree Doesn’t Make You a Farmer

Being an agriculture major has made me realize just how bad of a stereotype aggies have. Yes there are some majors that deal with directly going back to run a family farm or even starting your own. Not all agriculture majors are going to school to work on a farm though. There are so many fun and different possibilities.

I get asked a million different what my major is. When I say Agriculture Communications I get the typical “Oh, what does that mean.” I then have to explain that it can vary from journalism to any type of public relations. “Oh so you can be a public relation person for some big farm.” Yes, I could do public relations for a farm, but believe it or not there is so much more that it has to offer.

Here is a list of some of the agriculture majors. For the high school students thinking about pursuing an agriculture career, be sure to check this out. If you see something that sounds like something you would enjoy doing be sure to look it up and find out as much about it as you can.

  • Agriculture Education. This career would be well suited for someone who likes working with kids and would like to teach someday. Job titles consist of; Education specialist, Education supervisor, farm management, Soil conservationist, and Extension advisor.
  • Agriculture Engineering. This career is great for someone that likes to work with their hands, and enjoys running machinery. Some job titles are; Structural engineer, Irrigation engineer, Sanitary/waste handling, Food engineer, Bioprocessing engineer, and Machine design engineer.
  • Agronomy/Soils. This is a great career if you love working with the soil and learning about crops. These jobs may be; Crop specialist, Soil Scientist, Fertilizer sales representative, Plant breeder, Plant geneticist, Soil conservationist, Soil surveyor, and Farm supply representative.
  • Animal Science. This career is the best choice if you love working hands on with livestock. Job titles consist of; Livestock production manager, Feed sales/management, Livestock insurance representative, Veterinarian, Farm management, Stable management, Livestock feedlot operator, Animal scientist, Animal geneticist, and Ranch/farm hand.
  • Food Science. Great for someone who likes to turn crops and livestock into food. These jobs can be; Food product and research management, Quality assurance, Food chemist, Food microbiologist, Food manufacturing, and Food resources.
  • Agriculture Communications. This career is great for people that love agriculture, writing, photography, and public speaking. Careers can be; Photography, Web design, Journalism, Public relations, and Editor.
  • Agriculture Business. A career that is great if you like math and economics. This is a career that can lead into starting your own business. Career options; Work for a bank, Start your own business, Lawyer, Business Developer, and Financial Analyst/Planner.
  • Agriculture Economics. A great career if you would like to help address the issues of natural disasters and farms. Careers include; Grain broker, Farm and land appraisal, Resource economic consultant, Agriculture policy analyst, Insurance agent, Food distribution manager, and Agriculture lender.
  • Wildlife and Fisheries Science. Great if you enjoy the outdoors and work with aquatic life. Veterinarian/Doctor, Wildlife Manager, Game Warden, Conservation Scientist, Wildlife and/or Fisheries Biologist, Ecologist, Environmental Consultant, Federal/State/Local Natural Resource Agent, and Extension Specialist.
  • Genetics. A career where you can study the building blocks of DNA. Jobs can be;  Doctor, Geneticist, Cell Biologist, Medical Researcher.
  • Horticulture. This is great if you like work with plants and creating flower arrangements. Here are some jobs;  Plant Geneticist, Event Planner, Floral or Landscape Designer, “Green Industry” Consultant, Vineyard Manager, Horticultural Therapist, Botanical Garden Manager, and Extension Specialist.
  • Turfgrass Science. Great if you enjoy working outside, with grass, and making places look better. Jobs include; golf course superintendent/manager, sports fields manager, commercial landscaper, grass care and improvement researcher, sales and service professional, sod production professional.

This is just a small list of possibilities for an agriculture career. There is an agriculture career for anything and everything. Be sure to check out all of your options before choosing a major.

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6 thoughts on “An Agriculture Degree Doesn’t Make You a Farmer

  1. Reblogged this on thinkingcountry and commented:
    This blog post effectively gets the point across that to have an agriculture degree doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to go in to practical farming – there are a wealth of different opportunities and avenues available for you to use your qualification and skills.

  2. I think this is a great post so many people don’t realize that there is so much they can do with an ag degree! Way to AGvocate keep up the great work!

  3. Great post! Found you via agri thinks re blog.
    I don’t think people always realize all the opportunities available in the Ag industry.

  4. That’s awesome! Thanks for reading! Yeah it is a little disheartening that people don’t understand that agriculture is so many things. Farming is very important but some of our degrees go beyond that.

  5. I so love your headline statement “An industry that feeds us, is an industry worth caring about” you’re damn right it is. I’m an urbanite but have always had the countryside tugging at my heart. I especially have a fondness for wildlife-friendly farming procedures and the willingness to educate the public to realise that it can be achieved.

    Best Wishes

    Tony Powell and naturestimeline

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