Career Opportunities

Career Prospects

More than 95 percent of all Agribusiness and Applied Economics graduates find employment outside of production agriculture in the private and public sectors. As noted recently in the media, employers actively recruit AEDE students as they know AEDE grads are prepared for the real world since the nationally-ranked program provides a firm foundation in finance, marketing, and strategy, and offers insight into modern agribusiness practices and trends.

The College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences Career Development Center provides career preparation as well as job search assistance for students looking for internships and full-time employment. AEDE's graduates report a high career outcome rate with 92.7 percent of AEDE graduates employed or enrolled in graduate school within six months of graduation. Additionally, the average undergraduate starting salary for Agribusiness and Applied Economics majors is $42,767, ranking the AEDE program as having one of the higher starting salary averages in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.

The Agribusiness and Applied Economics major prepares students for careers in the following areas:

Management: Public Service and Policy:
Corporate/Cooperative Executive
County 4-H or Extension Agent
Farm Manager/Operator Local Government
Regional Sales Manager
Public Policy Analyst
Retail or Wholesale Manager
Political Lobbyist
Small Business Owner
 
Resource Economics: Finance:
Natural Resource Economist
Financial Analyst
Natural Resource Manager
Futures Broker
  Loan Officer
Marketing and Sales:  
Commodity Merchandiser
 
International Trade Specialist  
Sales Representative