What Can I Do With A Major in Agriculture and Natual Resources
ECONOMICS & BUSINESS
Finance and Banking
Economic and Policy Analysis
Credit agencies, banks, brokers
Real estate and appraisal services
Public/private market analysis firms
Farm information services utilizing mass communications
County agricultural offices
Farm cooperative services
Feed and seed companies
Plan on securing a masters or doctoral degree for advanced positions. Gain work experience in area of interest through internships, co-ops, or summer or part-time work. Get involved in campus and community organizations. Learn the federal job application procedure for government work.
Agricultural communications and media firms
Obtain teacher certification for public school positions. Develop excellent writing and speaking skills. Take courses in economics and community development. Learn to work well with all types of people. Develop strong interpersonal skills. Be willing to live in rural communities for extension positions.
Power and Machinery
Structures and Environment
Soil & Water Conservation
Equipment design, testing, and manufacturing firms
Equipment and food industries including: processing, packaging, and storing
Quality control organizations for food, feed, or fiber
Biotechnology research firms
Environmental consulting firms
Local, state, and federal government
Public health service
Gain experience through co-ops or internships. Develop strong math skills and problem solving abilities. Earn an advanced degree for positions in research and development.
Farm Production and Management
Genetic research organizations
Agribusinesses: meat, poultry, feed
Feed companies; Feedlot operations
Supply and equipment industries
Gain extensive laboratory and research experience. Get experience in a veterinary medical practice and prepare for application to veterinary school. Obtain knowledge of sales and business principles if interested in that area. Develop good communication skills.
Local, state and federal government including: Forestry Service, USDA, National and state parks, and Reserves
Lumber, pulp, and paper industries
Develop physical stamina, resourcefulness, and outdoor skills. Gain experience through volunteer opportunities or internships. Be willing to relocate.
WILDLIFE & FISHERIES
Local, state, and federal government including: Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks, Wildlife refuges, and Management areas
Private industries (e.g. aquaculture production firms)
Foundations, museums, nature centers, zoos
Develop physical stamina, outdoor skills, and attention to detail. Plan to earn a business minor or take additional communications courses including conflict management. Earn a minor in criminal justice for game management. Develop interpersonal skills. Obtain paid or volunteer experience while in school.
PLANT & SOIL SCIENCES
Crop Production Management Research
Soil and Water Conservation
Soil and Plant Tissue Analysis
Plant propagation/production agencies
International agricultural agencies
Harvesting and fertilization manufacturers
Find a related internship. Develop effective communication skills. Supplement curriculum with courses in business, geology, entomology, or pathology depending upon interests.
ORNAMENTAL HORTICULTURE & LANDSCAPE DESIGN
Parks and amusement parks
Large hotels and resorts
Wholesale growers: nurseries, greenhouses, florists
City and highway departments
Botanical gardens and arboretums
Government agencies: local, state, and federal
Colleges and universities
Health-related organizations and community centers
Get practical experience in the field through internships or summer and part-time jobs. Develop skills in speaking, writing, and photography. Minor in business if interested in management or self-employment. Be prepared to work seasonally or move to a climate where more year-round opportunities are available. Earn Registered Horticultural Therapist licensure for plant therapy.
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.
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.
Many students apply to professional programs such as pharmacy, medical, or veterinary school with an agriculture and natural resources background.
Majoring in two subject areas or pursuing a minor can increase marketability. For example, study in landscape design and business can lead to higher-level management opportunities.
Prepared by the Career Planning staff of Career Services at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. (2005) UTK is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA /ADEA Employer
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