A degree in agriculture gives you the knowledge and skills needed to manage agricultural and farm businesses, or to work in areas such as 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:
- Amenity horticulturist
- Commercial horticulturist
- Field trials officer
- Forest/woodland manager
- Horticultural consultant
- Magazine journalist
- Newspaper journalist
- Sales executive
Remember that many employers accept applications from graduates of any degree subject, so don't restrict your thinking to the jobs listed here.
Relevant practical work experience will increase your chances of securing 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.
You can also try searching for local voluntary projects involving agricultural or environmental work in your area.
Useful resources that provide details of contacts and opportunities for work experience include:
Find out more about work experience and internships.
Agriculture graduates can find employment across a diverse range of areas, such as farm management, the service and supply industries, sales, research, or advisory and consultancy work.
With employment opportunities arising in both the public and private sectors in the UK and abroad.
Typical employers include:
- agricultural and agri-pharmaceutical consultancies
- agricultural machinery firms
- environmental consultancies
- farm management and commercial ancillary companies
- food processing companies
- food retail companies
- government and local authorities - advisory and administrative roles
- trade associations such as the NFU
- the media - for roles in agricultural journalism
- universities - in research and lecturing posts.
Skills for your CV
Studying agriculture helps you develop a mix of technical skills and knowledge, including land use, farming practice, food production, crop and livestock science, use of farm machinery, sustainability and environmental management.
You also gain an understanding of the scientific, technical, ethical and business principles that underpin the agricultural industry.
Employers are interested in the broader skills you acquire, such as:
- the ability to communicate well, including influencing and leadership
- numeracy and IT - helpful for understanding and improving economics in an agricultural role
- initiative - having the confidence to take initiative and make decisions is important in farming
- organisational skills
- the ability to plan and conduct research
- 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. If you want to move into research or lecturing, you'll usually need a PhD.
Undertaking postgraduate study may also be useful if you want to move into a different career such as journalism, marketing or business consulting.
What do agriculture graduates do?
One in ten (9%) agriculture graduates are farm workers. Similarly, 9% work as chartered surveyors, while others become managers and proprietors in agriculture and horticulture (6%), biological scientists (6%) and farmers (4%).
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Find out what other agriculture graduates are doing 15 months after finishing their degrees in What do graduates do?
Graduate destinations data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.