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

Job options

Jobs directly related to your degree include:

Jobs where your degree would be useful include:

Remember that many employers accept applications from graduates with any degree subject, so don't restrict your thinking to the jobs listed here.

Work experience

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.

Typical employers

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;
  • HGCA;
  • HSBC Bank;
  • National Farmers Union;
  • Soil Association;
  • Velcourt Farms.

Find information on employers in environment and agriculture, engineering and manufacturing, business, consulting and management and other job sectors.

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;
  • initiative;
  • organisation;
  • ability to plan and conduct research;
  • communication, including influencing and leadership;
  • teamwork;
  • ability to manage projects.

Further study

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.

For more information on further study and to find a course that interests you, see Masters degrees and search postgraduate courses.

What do agriculture graduates do?

Over three quarters of agriculture graduates are in employment six months after graduation, either full time or part time while studying. One in ten of them are working as managers or proprietors in agriculture and horticulture.

DestinationPercentage
Employed68.8
Further study7.4
Working and studying7.7
Unemployed5.5
Other10.6
Graduate destinations for agriculture
Type of workPercentage
Managers16.5
Marketing, PR and sales11.4
Agricultural work10.5
Technicians and other professionals10.3
Other51.3
Types of work entered in the UK

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.