What Can You Do with an Agricultural Economics Degree?

Radek, what jobs can you get with an agricultural economics degree? I’m wondering, what can I do with an agricultural economics degree?

The agriculture industry is both age-old and vibrant. Agriculture, the science of growing food and raising livestock, is big business. People need to eat. As one farmer once told me, “There is a lot more to farming than the farming these days.”

In fact, few who major in agricultural economics actually go to work on a farm (though of course, it is entirely possible).

Agricultural economics majors find themselves working in banks, credit unions, insurance companies, legal firms, and private companies. Some get jobs with the government. You might go to work for the National Agriculture Statistics Service or the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Others go into agribusiness and work as business managers or consultants. Some go into sales, working for food retailers and wholesalers, or equipment manufacturers. Some become experts in customer relations. Some go into research. Some even go into advertising and marketing. And don’t forget cotton. Many agricultural economics graduates work in the textiles industry. This type of degree can lead to hundreds of opportunities.

Agricultural economics majors become experts in rural development and the managing of natural resources. They think globally, and know that food is now an international business. From air pollution to pest control to biofuels—people who earn degrees in agricultural economics become people who solve problems. And problem-solvers are in high demand.

Careers you can get with a degree in agricultural economics include:

  • Agribusiness Consultant
  • Agribusiness Specialist
  • Agricultural Appraiser
  • Agricultural Loan Officer
  • Agricultural Marketing Specialist
  • Agriculture Development Officer
  • Agriculture Economist
  • Bank Manager
  • Commodities Broker
  • Commodity Grader
  • Economic Analyst
  • Economic Development Coordinator
  • Environmental Economist
  • Financial Analyst
  • Marketer
  • Merchandiser
  • Public Policy Analyst
  • Salesperson
  • Statistician
  • Supply Chain Manager
3 comments… add one
Selamu demeke

Agricultural economist can be a manger in all economic sectors like farm, bank, financial institutions, infrastructure institutions, industrial sectors, also as an analyst in economic issues, political and social issues. so it may mean all rounded task bearer!

Oyajobi Oluwatosin

what are the disciplines an agricultural economist can apply for his/her master degree? Or it is possible to change from the field to other field?


I’m a student doing Bachelor of agricultural management degree in university of limpopo, so I need help, my courses are plant production, agricultural economics, soil sciences and animal sciences what kind of a job would I get after completing my degree

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