Most decent jobs these days require a college degree in one field or another. That being said there are so many degrees out there that it can be hard to know what is best. Trying to decide what you want to do the rest of your life is not an easy thing to do. Doing some research can help you out along the way. We have looked at jobs with the degrees in forestry and botany, now let’s take a look at the exciting world of agriculture.
Graduates with a degree in agriculture may find work literally in a variety of fields (get it?). It isn’t just farming though as there are many jobs related to the processing, selling and inspection of agricultural products. As food quality becomes more of an issue in America the field is only expected to grow in the next few years. Here are some possibilities:
A farm manager works to increase the production while decreasing the cost of a farm. By studying agricultural sciences an effective manager can steadily increase a farms profitability. A recent grad can get a job as an assistant manager for specific farm operations such as overseeing production or managing supplies. Once experience is gained a graduate may move to increased responsibilities. Smaller farms will have increased duties while large farms will probably have a graduate focus on something specific.
While the name may sound a little odd an extension agent works for college to provide education outreach to ranchers, farmers and other in the agricultural field. You most likely would not be living in the same town as the university you work for as most schools have offices throughout a state or county. Duties may include advising farmers on fertilizer choices to helping ranchers properly feed their livestock. They could even advice estates on how to kill weeks or insects. They may also help to plan agricultural events like a farmers market or county fair.
Another common job in this field is as a food inspector. These jobs can exist with a private food company or with a state of federal position. An inspector’s job is to make sure that certain foods is safe for human consumption and meets all health requirements. You may also be in charge of inspecting food given to animals as well. You may also work with farmers to make sure their foods meet all health requirements regarding chemicals used on them. Many grocery stores and restaurants send inspectors out to make sure the food they receive is of good quality.
So if you enjoy working with plants and nutrition then a degree in agriculture could be for you. Check with a military college for available classes.
Jeff Jordan writes in lives in Southern California. He writes about a variety of topics including automobiles and online universities.