A degree in agriculture gives you the knowledge and skills to either 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
- Estates manager
- 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 of any degree subject, so don't restrict your thinking to the jobs listed here.
Obtaining hands-on work experience 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.
Search for local voluntary projects in your area involving agricultural or environmental work.
Useful resources that can help to provide contacts and opportunities for work experience include:
Find out more about work experience and internships.
Employment opportunities exist within farm management and commercial ancillary companies, both in the UK and abroad.
Common employers include:
- British Sugar
- Co-operative Group
- Frontier Agriculture
- Grant Thornton
- HSBC Bank
- 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 the transferable skills you acquire, such as:
- numeracy and IT - helpful for understanding and improving economics in an agricultural role
- initiative - having the confidence to take the initiative and make decisions is important in farming
- good organisational skills
- the ability to plan and conduct research
- ability to communicate well, including influencing and leadership
- project management skills.
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'd like to teach agriculture or a related topic, 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. Chartered surveyor is the second most popular occupation. Others become farm workers, agricultural scientists and farmers.
|Working and studying||6.8|
|Type of work||Percentage|
|Marketing, PR and sales||10.5|
|Technicians and other professionals||10.2|
|Engineering and building||8.7|
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.