A degree in agriculture gives you the knowledge and skills to manage agricultural businesses, or work in the areas of agricultural sales, food production and farming journalism
Jobs directly related to your degree include:
- Agricultural consultant
- Farm manager
- Fish farm manager
- Plant breeder/geneticist
- Rural practice surveyor
- Soil scientist
Jobs where your degree would be useful include:
- Animal nutritionist
- Field trials officer
- Forest/woodland manager
- Magazine journalist
- Newspaper journalist
- Sales executive
- Veterinary nurse
Remember that many employers accept applications from graduates with any degree subject, so don't restrict your thinking to the jobs listed here.
Try to gain hands-on work experience as this will increase your chances of getting a job after graduation. If you don't have the opportunity to complete a placement year as part of your course, look for relevant work in the holidays. This may involve going to local commercial 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.
Useful resources that can help to provide contacts and opportunities for work experience include:
Volunteering abroad on agriculture projects in farms, forests and nature reserves is also an option. For opportunities, see Volunteer Abroad.
Search for placements and find out more about work experience and internships.
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 include:
- British Sugar;
- Co-operative Group;
- Frontier Agriculture;
- Grant Thornton;
- HSBC Bank;
- National Farmers Union;
- Soil Association;
- Velcourt Farms.
Skills for your CV
Throughout your agriculture degree you'll 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 also be interested in your more general skills such as:
- numeracy and IT;
- ability to plan and conduct research;
- communication, including influencing and leadership;
- ability to manage projects.
It's possible to study for a Masters or other postgraduate qualification in a related area such as crop science and management, animal technology and agricultural technology.
You may decide you would like to teach in agriculture or a related topic and so could complete a teaching qualification. It's also possible to take postgraduate courses to move into a different area such as journalism, marketing or business consulting.
What do agriculture graduates do?
One in ten agriculture graduates are working as managers in agriculture and horticulture with a further 13.5% working in agricultural roles such as farming.
|Working and studying||7.3|
|Type of work||Percentage|
|Technicians and other professionals||10.7|
|Retail, catering and bar work||9.3|
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.