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.
It's important to get hands-on work experience, which 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.
Search for local voluntary projects in your area involving agricultural or environmental work.
Useful resources that provide details of contacts and opportunities for work experience include:
Find out more about work experience and internships.
There are diverse opportunities available for agriculture graduates. For example, you can work in areas such as farm management, the service and supply industries, sales, research, or advisory and consultancy work. Opportunities are available 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 - in a range of advisory and administration 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 (11%) agriculture graduates are working as chartered surveyors, while a further 10% are managers and proprietors in agriculture and horticulture. Others become farm workers (6%), agricultural scientists (6%) and business sales executives (4%).
|Working and studying||6.6|
|Type of work||Percentage|
|Engineering and building||12.1|
|Marketing, PR and sales||9.4|
|Business, finance and HR||8.7|
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.