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Food and Agricultural Business

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Financial Services and Related Areas

 
  • Banking:
    • Commercial and Personal Lending
    • Branch Management
    • Bank Operations
  • Commodities (Stocks & Futures)
  • Insurance:
    • Sales
    • Claims Analysis
    • Underwriting
    • Risk Management
  • Real Estate:
    • Residential Brokerage
    • Commercial Sales
    • Appraisal
    • Property Management
    • Real Estate Portfolio Management
  • Commercial banks
  • Credit unions
  • Savings and loans associations
  • Service banks
  • Mortgage banks
  • Purchasing/supply firms
  • Farm cooperative services
  • Real estate brokers
  • Agricultural commodity organizations
  • Insurance companies
  • Appraisal firms
  • Developers
  • Large corporations: real estate departments
  • Real estate investment trusts
  • Law firms

Marketing and Related Areas

 
  • Agricultural Marketing
  • Customer Relations
  • Logistics
  • Outside Sales
  • Retail Sales
  • Agribusinesses
  • Production industries
  • Food retailers and wholesalers
  • Food processors
  • Manufacturers of farm input supplies
  • Farm equipment manufacturers
  • Market analysis firms
  • Insurance firms

Management

 
  • Agricultural Management
  • Crop and Livestock Farm Management
  • Farm and Home Management
  • Agribusiness Management
  • Land Management
  • Environmental Resource Management
  • Retail Management
  • Agribusinesses
  • Farm input supply businesses
  • Commodity processors
  • Landscape design and maintenance firms
  • Production industries
  • Feedlot operations
  • Feed and seed companies
  • Food wholesalers and retailers (grocery stores)
  • Farmers cooperatives
  • Gas, electric, and water distributors
  • Retailers outside of agriculture

Agricultural Equipment Systems Management

 
  • Purchasing/Buying
  • Dealership Management
  • Customer Relations
  • Wholesale and Retail Sales
  • Environmental Technology
  • Farm Supply Management
  • Logistics
  • Training
  • Agricultural support companies
  • Agricultural machinery manufacturers
  • Machinery dealerships
  • Machinery service companies
  • Landscape development and maintenance industry
  • Farm input supply businesses
  • Farm and garden supply stores
  • Wholesale distributors
  • Logistics firms

Rural Development/Resource Economics

 
  • Land Management
  • Environmental Resource Management
  • Rural Economic Development
  • Rural Planning
  • Timberland Economy
  • County Planning
  • Policy Analysis
  • Local and state government
  • Federal government agencies including:
    • Department of Agriculture
    • Department of Housing and Urban Development
    • Environmental Protection Agency
    • Bureau of Land Management
  • Gas, water, and electric distributors
  • Coal companies
  • Mining companies
  • Railroads
  • Law firms
  • Nonprofit organizations

Government/Nonprofit

 
  • State and Federal Conservation
  • Health and Regulatory Inspection
  • Agricultural Inspection
  • Policy Analysis
  • Legislation
  • Association Representation
  • State and Federal Conservation
  • Health and Regulatory Inspection
  • Agricultural Inspection
  • Policy Analysis
  • Legislation
  • Association Representation

Education

 
  • Teaching
  • Research
  • Agricultural Extension
  • Colleges and universities
  • Research institutions
  • Extension services
  • Farm information services utilizing mass communication

General Information and Strategies

  • Since the foundation of this degree is business and economics, students may pursue employment opportunities outside of agriculture. Consider management, sales, marketing, communications, and publics relations.
  • A bachelor's may serve as a pre-professional path for students interested in pursuing advanced degrees in law, business, agribusiness management, or agricultural economics.
  • Earn a graduate degree to pursue university teaching and advanced research positions.
  • Obtain relevant experience through internships and summer or part-time jobs.
  • Get involved in relevant student organizations and seek leadership roles.
  • Develop transferable skills that most employers value, such as communication skills, leadership ability, creativity, ability to work on a team, and self-motivation.
  • Prepare to live in rural and farming communities for some of the career areas and be geographically flexible.
  • Build a professional network for exploring career opportunities and job openings.

 
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