Ag Careers Outside of Farming

Between 2015 and 2020, there will be an average of 57,900 annual openings for graduates with bachelor's degrees in food, agriculture, renewable natural resources or the environment, according to a report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Purdue University.

A few decades ago, when people thought about a life of agriculture, they thought one thing: farmer. But in today's world, farming is just the beginning of a wide open industry full of career options.

So whether you are a farmer looking to switch gears, a student wondering what to do next, or a non-ag person looking to find your place in the industry, here are just a few non-traditional choices in the agriculture world!

  • Ag journalism
  • Ag media - TV shows, broadcasting, training materials, resources for the industry
  • Ag law/legislation
  • Agronomy
  • Environmental outreach
  • Greenhouse operation
  • Ag inspection
  • Ag pharmaceutical sales or distribution
  • Horticulture
  • Entomology
  • Grant writing
  • Sales - from seeds to equipment and everything in between
  • Freelance writing
  • Cheesemaking
  • Water well drills
  • Ag nurse
  • Flock or herd management
  • Soil conservation
  • Farm insurance
  • Insurance adjustment
  • Precision ag
  • Ag lending
  • Succession planning
  • Ag social media
  • Graphic design for ag-related companies
  • Ag real estate/appraisal
  • Agritourism
  • Equine massage therapy
  • Landscape design
  • Tree forestry
  • Ag research and development
  • Ag events planning
  • Data management for an ag company
  • Restaurant purchasing - ingredients, etc.
  • Ag photography
  • Admissions, administration for a college of agriculture
  • Veterinary science for farms or in an animal hospital
  • Marketing for an ag company
  • Breeding
  • Ag teaching
  • FFA/4H advising
  • Horse training
  • Commodities reporter
  • Safety
  • Ag engineering
  • Professor in college of ag
  • Working in an extension office
  • Working for livestock auction house
  • Horseback trail/outdoor wildlife guide
  • IT/technology for ag company
  • Ag accountanting - for yourself or a company
  • Working for an ad agency that specializes in ag
  • Administration in an ag association/organization
  • Winemaking/brewmaster
  • Working in a cooperative, checkoff, commodity association
  • Animal nutrition
  • Trucking agent
  • Commodities broker
  • Ag law enforcement
  • Packaging
  • Fencing
  • Speaker/blogger
  • Food science
  • Meat/poultry inspection
  • Communications/PR for an ag company
  • Training/Education for ag corporation
  • Working in a dealership - sales, parts, etc.
  • Grain buying

For more careers, visit our ag majors database!

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