American agriculture is a global enterprise, and its keystone is the production and distribution of food and fiber. The agriculture industry is among the largest employer in the United States, but less than three percent of the people involved in agricultural industries actually work on a farm — the rest work in some type of agribusiness or government agency. This is what makes an agricultural economics degree so lucrative.

Agricultural economics involves marketing, management, merchandising, processing, transportation, manufacturing, communications and information, finance, and sales and service. It also involves public policy analysis, rural economic development, and resource and environmental economics.

Your Future

When you major in agricultural economics, you'll learn marketing, management, leadership, and problem-solving skills - skills needed in all areas of the workforce. Typically, the demand for graduates is greater than the number of qualified students to fill these positions.

So, if you enjoy…

  • leading a team or group 
  • making decisions
  • managing money and financial resources
  • solving problems
  • managing and motivating people or
  • finding a more effective or efficient way to complete a project

…you should consider a career in agricultural economics.

Potential Career Pathways

  • Loan Officer
    2016 Median Salary: $63,650 per year
    Job Outlook: 8%

Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics 

Student Groups Associated with this Program

Our college supports dozens of organizations to help students apply their learning outside the classroom and gain valuable work and leadership experience.  To learn more about the organizations listed below, click here.

Pre-Professional Tracks

The College of Agriculture, Food and Environment has specialized advising services for students planning to attend professional school (Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Law, etc.).  

In addition to helping students fulfill foundational coursework, the college's pre-professional advisor also helps student secure relevant experience such as internships, volunteer opportunities, and job shadowing positions. 

For more information on the college's pre-professional advising, click here.