A degree in agriculture provides you with the knowledge and skills to manage agricultural businesses and enter related jobs in commercial research and advisory work
Jobs directly related to your degree include:
Jobs where your degree would be useful include:
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Try to gain work experience as this will increase your chances of getting a job after graduation. If you do not have the opportunity to complete a placement year as part of your course, try to find relevant work in the holidays. This may involve going to local farms and asking if they have any extra work or seeing if you could shadow someone who works in farm management. There may also be local voluntary projects that involve agricultural or environmental work.
The major employment opportunities within agriculture are not just in farm management. Other opportunities exist with commercial ancillary companies both in the UK and abroad. Common employers of agriculture students include British Sugar, Frontier Agriculture, Soil Association, National Farmers Union, HGCA, Velcourt Farms, Co-operative Group, Grant Thornton and HSBC Bank.
Throughout your agriculture degree you will develop a wide mix of technical skills and knowledge, including land use, farming practice and food production, as well as an understanding of the scientific, ethical and business principles that underpin the agricultural industry.
Employers will be interested in your transferable skills such as:
Some students study for a Masters or other postgraduate qualification in a related area such as crop science and management, animal technology and agricultural technology. Others may go on to a different undergraduate degree course such as veterinary science.
Some candidates may decide they would like to teach in agriculture or a related topic and will complete a postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE), or professional graduate diploma in education (PGDE) in Scotland.
Nealry two-thirds of agriculture graduates are employed in the UK six months after graduating. Of these, around a fifth work as commercial, industrial or public sector managers.
Almost 8% of agriculture graduates go on to further study. Another 10% combine work and study, which could include those students who are studying further professional qualifications that are a legal requirement for their job.
|Working and studying||9.7%|
|Commercial and public management||20%|
|Associate professional and technical||11.8%|
|Retail, catering and bar work||10.6%|
|Marketing, sales and advertising||6.5%|
Find out what other graduates are doing six months after finishing their degrees in What Do Graduates Do?
Graduate destinations data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.
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